The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware and the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice will co-sponsor “Deeper Than The Skin,” a musical presentation by Reggie Harris and Greg Greenway about race in America, at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, at UUSD, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes.
The presentation will be interactive, and a discussion will follow. Childcare is available.
Harris and Greenway have a unique story. Born three days apart, their ancestry flows through the same portal of history, Richmond, Va. Together they are on a pilgrimage 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, mutual respect, sheer admiration and shared vision have brought them together as friends and colleagues. Together and individually, the two have brought the issue of race before audiences around the world.
Their stories together form the quintessential American tale. The music that flowed from these experiences is powered by unadorned truth, raw and riveting, beautiful and uplifting. Echoing Gandhi, they believe that in telling their own truths, people are able to rise up from the past and build bridges to each other and the future.
Harris is a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and music education director of the Living Legacy Project of the Unitarian Universalist Association, co-leading tours through the historic sites of the Civil Rights movement in the south.
Greenway has been heard on NPR’s All Things Considered, Mountain Stage and Car Talk. He’s played Carnegie Hall, and for eight years, he was one third of the successful folk trio, Brother Sun.
Charlotte King, event chair, said, "The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware to continue the journey toward racial healing and justice. Music has a way of opening the hearts and minds of individuals, and moving us to a place of love and understanding. We anticipate with joy the performance of ‘Deeper than the Skin.’”
Susan and Mac Goekler are co-chairs of UUSD’s Social & Environmental Justice Committee. Susan Goekler said, "In UUSD's continual effort to combat racism, we will have a performance of ‘Deeper Than The Skin,’ two musicians, one black and one white, whose aim is to heal the racial divide that troubles our nation. Their story, a pilgrimage, has inspired many in a renewed effort to end racism."
The Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice is a nonpartisan organization educating, informing and advocating for racial justice, equality, and fair opportunity. UUSD is a welcoming and progressive spiritual community with a mission to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world. For more information and directions, go to uussd.org and www.sdarj.org.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults, and $5 for youth, ages 18 and younger. To purchase tickets, go to www.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20.