The Creative Underground Presents God's Trombones In Honor Of Black History Month

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

In honor of Black History Month, The Creative Underground and Bessie Smith Cultural Center will present a live dramatic/musical performance of African American literary classic, God’s Trombones. 

The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 6–8 p.m. within the Bessie Smith Cultural Center’s Performance Hall.

God’s Trombones, collection of poems that refigure inspirational sermons by itinerant southern black preachers, was published in 1927 by one of the nation’s most prolific African American figures in the areas of law, education, music and literature, James Weldon Johnson. Johnson, who was a U.S. diplomat in Venezuela, the first secretary general of the NAACP and songwriter to “Lift Every Voice and Sing” (often referred as “The African-American National Anthem”) was inspired by the fiery black preachers he saw as a child while traveling through the South.

“I was inspired by Mr. Johnson’s array of talents, all of which he used in some form to help shape America’s history,” said Shane Morrow, director of The Creative Underground. “It is my belief that celebrating African American classics like “God’s Trombones” not only honors Black History Month, it enriches and educates our whole diverse community here in Chattanooga.”

God’s Trombones will feature the following distinguished community leaders and advocates together, for this one time performance, to give their renditions to the stirring passages; Anthony O. Sammons, Pastor Sheryl Randolph, Pastor Kevin Smith, Yolanda Mitchell, Lawrence Sneed, Pastor Ernest Tanner, Pastor Jeffrey Wilson and Sam Terry.

Rev. Jeffrey Wilson said, “I am a trombone, in the performance and also serve as chairman of the Board at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center. This event is important to African American culture relative to traditional sermons of folk preachers and African American traditions in poetry and song including the wide range of emotions that are used in oratory. The Bessie Smith Cultural Center/African American Museum serves as the official place to experience African American Culture in Chattanooga.  A part of the event proceeds will help support the mission to preserve African American culture in Chattanooga and the region. It is very important for our youth and the community to participate and experience cultural traditions.” 

Tickets are available at The Bessie Smith Cultural Center; $10 for adults, $8 for children over 10 and $8 for a group of 8 and more.  

For more information on the God’s Trombones performance, go to www.tcuchatt.com or call 423 266-8658 or 423 402-0452. 


"I Am The Resurrection And The Life" Is Sunday's Topic At Church Of The Highlands

Dr. Jeremy Roberts will speak at the worship services this Saturday and Sunday, at Church of the Highlands, 6620 Hunter Road, Harrison, on "I Am the  Resurrection and the Life." Contemporary services are at  6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday Blended service at 9:15 and Contemp[orary 10:45.  Family fun with inflatables, carnival ... (click for more)

"The Not-Quite-Empty Tomb" Is Sunday's Topic At Signal Mountain Bible

"The Not-Quite-Empty Tomb" will be Dr. Gary Phillips' topic for the 11 a.m. worship service this Sunday, at Signal Mountain Bible Church, 4872 Shackleford Ridge Road. His text will be I Corinthians 15:1-22. The Ladies Spring Luncheon will be Saturday, April 26, at noon. The guest speaker will  be Jan Silvious. The cost is $10 and those attending are to wear ... (click for more)

UAW Abruptly Drops Appeal Of Vote At Chattanooga Volkswagen Plant

The United Auto Workers announced Monday morning that it was withdrawing objections filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) regarding February's vote at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, effectively terminating the NLRB review process. UAW President Bob King said the decision was made "in the best interests of Volkswagen employees, the automaker, and economic ... (click for more)

Child Playing With Cigarette Lighter Starts $25,000 Mobile Home Fire

A child playing with a cigarette lighter started a mobile home fire on Saturday morning. At 9 a.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a mobile home fire at 6561 Cassie Lane. It took four fire companies about 10 minutes to get the fire under control. The fire was contained to one bedroom. No injuries were reported. Damage to the home is around $25,000. (click for more)

When The City Was Silent - And Response

I don't know how to say this without getting my head handed back to me on a platter as is often the usual case. But at least I no longer receive the hateful (even threatening) emails and insults I became accustomed to. So I'll just bite and say it: I honestly don't see anything expressed by the NSM that hasn't been said locally on some level at one time or another, and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: VW-UAW Fiasco Begins

One pundit who is awaiting the opening volleys of “The Volkswagen Hearings” is calling today’s start of the labor union fiasco at the Hamilton County Courthouse as fascism at its finest. That’s what you call it, he wrote in a fiery way, when the union, the employer and the president of the United States all line up on the same side. “And this push to eviscerate the legal rights ... (click for more)