Deeper Than The Skin:
The Unbearable Lightness of Being Exactly Right for Exactly the Right Moment
Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway
Visit to the Whitney Plantation: Thurs. Sept. 29
Participation in “Undoing Racism;” Fri. Sept. 3, 20160 – Sun. Oct. 2, 2016
Concert: Sat. Oct. 1, 2016, 7:30pm
Service: Sat. Oct. 2, 2016
Born three days apart, ancestry flowing through the same portal of History, Richmond, VA, Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway are on a pilgrimage together – one that began three decades ago. The racial divisions that are the reality of America started them in two different worlds, but the amazing bonds of music, respect, admiration, and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. The musical and spiritual flower of such immense seeds will be evident to everyone on the weekend of Oct. 1, 2.
The subtitle, The Unbearable Lightness of Being Exactly Right for Exactly the Right Moment, came from a phone call to Rev. Deanna Vandiver from Greg Greenway. Rev. Deanna’s laugh said it all. It was as if the universe wanted this to happen. Reggie and Greg planned a pilgrimage to the Whitney Plantation to witness together the physical reality of slavery.
They also wanted to do a concert and a service. Amazingly enough, perfectly spaced around those desired time slots was “Undoing Racism,” an intense program by The Peoples’ Institute
for Survival and Beyond. And so the plans were made.
The entire weekend will integrate music and programming on Race, a topic that has been present in Reggie and Greg’s solo projects from the beginning. Reggie is a part of the Living Legacy Project of the UUA, co-leading tours through the hallowed Civil Rights ground of the South. Through his duo, Kim and Reggie Harris, he has been at the center of hundreds of programs on Race and Social Justice. Greg Greenway, one third of Brother Sun, was a part of the planning committee (at Reggie’s request) of Marching in the Arc of Justice, the UU conference commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Action.
He had the honor for two years of having his song, “Rosa Parks,” play when rosaparks.com was opened. Greg sang “What Must Be Done” as Brother Sun before thousands of UUs at the opening service of the Providence, RI GA. Together and individually, Reggie and Greg have brought the issue of Race before audiences all across North America.
What’s left to be said is that these two are remarkable, liberating singers, that they are unfailingly positive, and audiences always leave smiling. So, if you’re expecting an concert of dour Folk Music, you’re in for a disappointment. What you will hear is from all over the musical map.
It will be a night to remember for in their heart of hearts they are both entertainers as well as openhearted pilgrims. Together, we will all experience that our connection is Deeper Than The Skin. We will all feel The Unbearable Lightness of Being Exactly Right for Exactly the Right Moment.