Dickinson Welcomes Renowned African American A Cappella Group Sweet Honey in the Rock

Portraits of the members of Sweet Honey In The Rock.

Sweet Honey in the Rock to Perform at Carlisle Theatre

Celebrated African American Grammy Award-nominated a cappella group Sweet Honey In The Rock will perform at the Carlisle Theatre on Friday March 8 at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Carlisle Theatre website. This performance is presented by Dickinson’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and proceeds from ticket sales will support DEI efforts at Dickinson.

“In a time when states and local municipalities are systematically dismantling diversity, equity and inclusion work, it's critical for places like Carlisle, and institutions like Dickinson College, to be unequivocal in their support for equity and inclusion initiatives,” said Dickinson Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Tony Boston. “To me, the Sweet Honey in the Rock musical catalog is a part of the soundtrack for generations of social justice movements. I'm pleased to be able to partner with the Carlisle Theatre to bring the group’s joyful and unifying music to Carlisle.”

Sweet Honey in the Rock remains among the most vibrant, versatile and relevant musical collectives working today—both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization founded on the triumvirate missions of empowerment, education and entertainment. Currently consisting of members Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel and Aisha Kahlil, and featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic bass and electric bass, Sweet Honey in the Rock is a powerful and unique concert entity that fuses the elastic 360-degree possibilities of the human voice with a theatrical flair that keeps avid audiences returning for more year after year.

The group's members have created positive, loving and socially conscious message music that matters as it pertains to spiritual fortification and have consistently taken an activist stance toward making this planet a better place. Founded in Washington, D.C., in 1973, Sweet Honey in the Rock has recorded 24 studio albums, several specifically for children.

PBS has featured the group in two specials, including on American Masters. The ensemble, which is celebrating 50 years, has performed at the White House and the memorial for Nelson Mandela and last appeared at Dickinson in 1984.


Published March 5, 2024