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Ebenezer Baptist to present ‘God’s Trombones’

Ebenezer Baptist Church, Cobbs Creek, will hold its Black History Month program at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25. 

The D.C. Rice Scholarship Fund will sponsor the play “God’s Trombones—Seven Negro Sermons in Verse” by James Weldon Johnson.

Johnson wrote this set of seven sermons during the Harlem Renaissance in 1927, publishing a book of poems with the intent of preserving the oral tradition of old-time black preachers. Johnson wrote that he wanted to capture the “tempo of the preacher” without using black dialect––the resulting collection, God’s Trombones, mimics the soulful intonations of a sermon, but within the confines of verse, a release stated. The trombone, the release stated, is Johnson’s metaphor for “the wonderful voice” of the “old-time Negro preacher.” ...

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