A Cappella Ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock at Warner Theatre
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The last date listed for Sweet Honey in the Rock was Saturday October 23, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Hear Sweet Honey in the Rock performing “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” on YouTube.
Steeped in the sacred music of the black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice, the Grammy-winning ensemble blends soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms in an unmatched a cappella experience.
Now in its 37th season, the group tours throughout the country and remains true to its roots in the Civil Rights movement. Last June, Sweet Honey in the Rock issued a new release expressing its opinions about Arizona’s law SB-1070 in the hope of “stimulating interest in and conversation about the law and to foster an understanding if its broad implications. Criticized by President Obama, the law, which the New York Times described as “the broadest and strictest immigration measure in generations” would make the failure to carry immigration documents a crime and give the police broad power to detain anyone suspected of being in the country illegally.”
“This law,” said the Sweet Honey in the Rock, “encourages and creates opportunities for hatred, ignorance and prejudice to prevail… We believe we are a nation that can create laws that bind this nation together rather than tear this nation apart.”
Taking its name from the first song the group learned — a metaphor for African-American women: strong as a rock and sweet as honey — this group of five African-American women and a sign language interpreter was founded in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, then vocal director of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater Company and a member of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers.