To commemorate Black History Month 2018, Jazzanooga is hosting a presentation of one of the most celebrated African American literary classics, God's Trombones, written by civil rights leader and Harlem Renaissance figure, James Weldon Johnson. This special performance will feature all women speakers and will honor local women of excellence who have made significant contributions to their communities.
"God's Trombones is a book containing seven inspirational poems paying homage to the “old time black preachers” reimagined as poetry, echoing with the musicality and splendid expression of the spirituals," officials said.
“Though we have presented this inspiring event before,” says Shane Morrow, director of Jazzanooga, “We thought that it would be remarkable to present it this year featuring as well as celebrating the strong voice and spirit of some of Chattanooga’s African American women who continuously uplift our community through their knowledge, grace and compassion.”
God’s Trombones Community Award Honorees:
Sharon Kelly - Entrepreneur Award
Shawanda Mason-Moore - Innovator Award
Yolanda Putman - Media Award
Rebecca Suttles - Impact Award
Lille Wills - Trailblazer Award
Mrs. Tenesha Irvin
Mrs. Lakweshia Ewing
Ms. Karen Lynn McReynolds
Ms. Dionne Jennings
Mrs. Karitsa Mosley Jones
Councilwoman Demetrus Coonrod
Ms. Chantelle Roberson
God’s Trombones will be held at The Bessie Smith Cultural Center on Sunday, Feb. 25 beginning at 3 p.m. It will be catered by Dipped Fresh and will feature musical performances by selected local artists, including the Center for Creative Arts Concert Choir, directed by Neshawn Calloway.
Tickets are on sale now for $20 and are available online at www.godstrombones2018.eventbrite.com.