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For immediate release on Tuesday, September 3, 2013.
CONTACT: Angela Fisher Hall     
Associate Director                                           
Birmingham Public Library System                                                                    
Phone: (205) 226-3614                                                                
E-mail: ahall@bham.lib.al.us                                                                           
                                            
Couple Uses Storytelling and Interactive Music to Bring Historical Figures to Life

Birmingham, Alabama—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 thirteen appearances at public library locations throughout Birmingham from September 9-13.  All performances are free and open to the public.
 
Monday, September 9, 2013
Central Library                         10:30   a.m.
Ensley Library                          3:30   p.m.
Five Points West Library           6:30   p.m.Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Wylam Library                         9:00   a.m.
West End Library                     3:30   p.m.
Avondale Library                      6:30   p.m.Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Springville Road Library            10:00   a.m.
North Avondale Library             1:30   p.m.
East Ensley Library                  4:00   p.m.Thursday, September 12, 2013
Powderly Library                     10:00   a.m.
North Birmingham Library         4:00   p.m.Friday, September 13, 2013
Smithfield Library                    10:00   a.m.
Woodlawn Library                    4:00   p.m.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
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.
 
ABOUT THE LIBRARY
The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment.  This system—with nineteen locations and serving the community for 126 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.  For additional information, visit our website at www.bplonline.org and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  
 
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MEDIA:  To schedule an interview with Kim and Reggie Harris, please call Janine Langston at (205) 322-6371 or Angela Fisher Hall at (205) 226-3614.  Attached is a photo of Kim and Reggie Harris and a poster with additional information.
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