Rickie Byars Beckwith is the Music & Arts Director of the Agape International Spiritual Center where for 29 years she has directed the incomparable Agape International Choir. One of the 21st century’s most revered singer-songwriters, her transcendent music deeply touches the hearts of all she encounters through her solo concerts, women’s retreats, workshops, music festivals and appearances with Michael Bernard Beckwith.
She has produced nine solo albums, one of which accompanies a colorful mini-memoir, Let My Soul Surrender. Her medicine kit includes, In the Land of I AM, I Release and I Let Go, I Found a Deeper Love, From Within, The Love Project, Glorious Chant Collection and so many other beautiful works that emerge from the heart of her Creator God.
She is Founder and CEO of KUUMBA-In-Motion Expressing Transformation, a hands-on, on the road, interactive learning academy that nurtures the creative genius within children. KUUMBA enters its 6th year of Summer Camps with featured workshops that will include Guitar, Voice, Culinary, Photography, Writing, Dance and Sports. Rickie Byars Beckwith is also the founder of the Rhythm and Joy Music Festival, an eco-friendly, soulful celebration that for three years demonstrated the impact of music as a catalyst for changing lives.
In its 19th year, Dr. Rickie co-partners again with Rev. Greta Sesheta in the dynamic Soul Sisters Retreat that they create together. With a fantastic team of intergenerational women who also facilitate, it is hands down the most fun, out of the box, diverse and eclectic women’s retreat, ever!
Rickie is on the Board of Directors for Voices 4Freedom an abolitionist organization that empowers enslaved people to free themselves and offers the infrastructure that empowers children and their whole families to live productive lives through education, nutrition, and the creation of their own businesses.
But what is really shaking the place is Dr. Rickie’s latest achievement and participation as Founder of HUBCITY LIVE! A mix-use development that will include in its design the KUUMBA Center of Culture, SOKO Commercial Plaza and NEMES X Technological Center. This amazing development, which has been described as the Jewel of Compton, will be built in Compton, CA – the original Hub City.
Last, Dr. Rickie is mother of two, grandmother to three wonderful and almost mini-versions of herself, sister to 11 siblings and daughter to a ninety-one-year-old wonder, Mama Byars. Says Mama Byars of Rickie, “Many people long to live their dream, and have visions of how they would like to make the world a better place. Rickie is the kind of person that makes it happen right where she is, and that is a WONDERFUL thing.”
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