Sweet Honey In the Rock to Perform at 2012 DTM Awards

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Sweet Honey In the Rock, the Grammy Award-nominated and world-renowned a cappella ensemble, will entertain and inspire at the Ed Trust National Conference this November as part of the Dispelling the Myth Awards dinner. The ensemble’s soul-stirring, five-part harmonies meld with hard-hitting messages of social justice to create a signature sound that for decades has touched the conscience of fans and the uninitiated alike. The group’s performance will provide a spirited soundtrack to an event celebrating the tireless work of educators who prove every day that all students can learn to high standards, when taught to high standards.

Sweet Honey In the Rock was founded in Washington, D.C., in 1973 by Bernice Johnson Reagon, who has since retired. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, Carol Maillard, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, Louise Robinson, and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter Shirley Childress Saxton comprise the current ensemble. The group has incorporated ASL into their live performances since the early '80s.

Each year, four Dispelling the Myth Awards are given to schools from around the country whose students achieve at high levels and narrow, if not obliterate, the gaps separating them from their white and more affluent peers. The recipients are chosen through a selection process that includes site visits, interviews, and analysis of student performance data. The award recognizes the strong leadership of educators who share high expectations for students, a commitment to using data to improve student performance, and the belief that educational quality makes a difference in student outcomes.

Sweet Honey In the Rock is named for the honey that flows from a biblical rock described in Psalm 81:16. The group will perform three songs from their extensive catalog to celebrate school leaders who work hard to bring the very best out of a hard place.

—Anneliese M. Bruner