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Brothers in Story and Song

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
East Lansing Public Library


In recognition and celebration of Black History Month the library will host “Brothers in Story and Song”, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. This concert will bring together two artists known for their passion and commitment, Josh White, Jr. and Reggie Harris. 

February marks Black History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that calls on all Americans to reflect on the significant roles that African-Americans have played in shaping US history. Josh and Reggie are known not only for their musical concerts, but also for educating people about the Underground Railroad and other subjects that play a part in the history of race in our country. Josh is a partner in “Living History”, a program that goes into schools and teaches students through story and song by having them assume the roles of the people they are learning about.

Josh White, Jr. began singing with his father at the age of 4. This year will mark his 76th year performing. A special part of all of Josh’s concerts highlight songs sung in his father’s style. His father was known not only for his music but for breaking down color barriers. Josh Sr. was the first black artist to sell a million copies of a recording with “One Meatball”.

Reggie Harris ( is a songwriter of great depth and passion. He writes from a personal sense of mission that merges a world wise point of view with a singularly hopeful stance that life, though often challenging, is filled with possibility and hope. His songs reveal thoughts about life and love and some of the deep aspects of the human experience and cover topics from his own personal journey to world issues and history.

Reggie and Josh will offer audiences a realistic lens to view history while developing a fresh and hopeful stance on encountering inequality in the world today. Josh’s father was known for his motto, “If not now, when? If not me, who?” at a time when speaking out was not considered a safe thing to do. In fact, Josh Sr. was blacklisted and had his career destroyed during the McCarthy Communist Trials.

This will be the first time these artists will perform together in East Lansing.  This concert is partially funded by a Cultural Arts Grant from the City of East Lansing Arts Commission.

Suitable for:
All ages
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