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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (130 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Weldon Johnson Narrator: A Full Cast Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As a young man in the late 1800s, James Weldon Johnson was profoundly influenced by the sermons he heard by the renowned black preachers of the day. Later in life, he transformed his memories into magnificent poems about Creation, the Flood, the Crucifixion, the Prodigal Son, Noah’s Ark, Judgment Day, and other stories from the Bible. Published in 1927, during the Harlem Renaissance, God’s Trombones became one of Johnson’s most celebrated works.

In the early 1990s, several of New York City’s most prominent African-American ministers gave voice to Johnson’s words for a PBS broadcast. Now available for the first time on CD, this celebration of one of the great literary achievements of the Harlem Renaissance features moving performances by actor Joe Morton (Brother From Another Planet), actor Robert Earl Jones (father of James), and Reverend Calvin O. Butts of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, among others.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Douglas Wilson | 7/28/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. There are some striking phrases here -- e.g. "your arm's too short to box with God." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Laurele | 6/8/2013

    " These wonderful poems have long been favorites of mine. James Weldon Johnson was a true scholar and artist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lydia Poole | 4/18/2013

    " What an incredible book of sermons! The imagery is incredible! loved this book, have read it twice so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by vanne | 3/8/2013

    " It was like being in church (and suddenly made me wish to go). "

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About the Author
Author James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. James is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. His most famous book is The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. He also published The Book of American Negro Spirituals, Black Manhattan, and Negro Americans, What Now? One of the first African American professors at New York University, James also served as a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.