Couple uses storytelling and interactive music to bring historical figures to life

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Consummate musicians and storytellers Kim and Reggie Harris are a mini festival of diversity. Combining traditional African-American spirituals and freedom songs with original folk, they sing of life, love, the quest for freedom, and care for the environment. In celebration of its Annual Author Visit, and as part of Birmingham’s 50th Commemoration of the civil rights movement, the Birmingham Public Library presents Kim and Reggie Harris and their presentation Dream Alive: A Celebration of African American History.  The performers will make 13 appearances at public library locations throughout Birmingham from September 9-13. All performances are free and open to the public.

Monday, September 9
·        Central Library                         10:30   a.m.
·        Ensley Library                            3:30   p.m.
·        Five Points West Library            6:30   p.m.
Tuesday, September 10
·        Wylam Library                           9:00   a.m.
·        West End Library                       3:30   p.m.
·        Avondale Library                       6:30   p.m.
Wednesday, September 11
·        Springville Road Library            10 a.m.
·        North Avondale Library             1:30p.m.
·        East Ensley Library                    4 p.m.
Thursday, September 12
·        Powderly Library                       10 a.m.
·        North Birmingham Library          4 p.m.
Friday, September 13, 2013
·        Smithfield Library                      10 a.m.
·        Woodlawn Library                       4 p.m.

Kim and Reggie Harris have been affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program for over two decades, offering multimedia performances for students and community, and in-depth workshops for educators at all grade levels. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a city rich in cultural and musical heritage, Kim and Reggie’s early exposure to the diversity of musical styles and genres was nurtured in the schools and churches of their youth, from gospel and classical, to jazz and pop. Over the years, they have interacted with performers such as Pete Seeger, Ysaye Barnwell, Bernice Johnson Reagon and Harry Belafonte. The experiences have led them to produce music that entertains and inspires.