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God's Trombones: A Celebration of James Weldon Johnson

A dramatic performance of James Weldon Johnson's important poetic work, God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse.

The Tampa Bay Writers Network (TBWN) will join the Studio@620 to celebrate the life, art, and activism of Florida native James Weldon Johnson with a dramatic performance of his important poetic work, God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. The date honors Black History Month and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NAACP. Johnson served as the organization’s Executive Secretary from 1920 to 1930.

Expect the unexpected

God’s Trombones is the perfect nexus for several disciplines across the humanities: poetry, oral traditions, history, religion, music, and visual art. In keeping with the Studio@620’s other multi-media projects, this event will provide diverse activities:

  • Individual readings of the volume’s poems by local actors, poets, and ministers: Bob Devin Jones, Studio@620; Leroy Mitchell, actor, Johnson performer; Louis Murphy, minister; John Conlon, actor; Aleshea Harris, actor, poet; Sharon Scott, actor; Vikki Gaskin-Butler, professor, minister.
  • Trombone/musical interludes by Buster Cooper.
  • Visual renderings along the walls of the Aaron Douglas images that accompany the first (1927) edition of Johnson’s text .
  • Discussion period/question-and-answer session following the performance with Humanities scholar Dr. Julie Buckner Armstrong, USFSP.

Learn More

See all of the original illustrations and read the accompanying text online by clicking here.

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