Today we honor and celebrate Toshi Reagon. Starting with a remarkable heritage, she has gone on to make her own mark on the world. Reagon was born in 1964 to Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (as most TSM readers know, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon is one of my personal heroes) and Cordell Hull Reagon. Both parents were musicians and civil right activists. Her father helped found the Freedom Singers and the Albany Project. Her mother was also a member of the Freedom Singers and has gone on to success with Sweet Honey In the Rock. Toshi’s godfather is Pete Seeger, a close family friend; she is named for his wife.
As a musician, she has been recording since 1990 and has released ten albums. She frequently performs and records with her band, BIGLovely, named from a nickname her partner gave her. Toshi Reagon is a vocal activist for civil rights for all. As an African-American lesbian, she understands the intersections of oppression all too well. Fortunately for all of us, she is articulate and outspoken whether speaking or singing.