Faith Sayles' Honors Presentation
Last night, Faith presented her senior project for the Honors Program.
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an African-American poet, author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. He is best known for writing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
As a child, I was given the Clay Classics “God’s Trombones” which features three of Johnson’s poems, and I fell in love with his words. His complete work is “God’s Trombones – Seven Negro Sermons in Verse” (published 1927), though there is an 8th poem that is a prayer in verse.
For this project, I chose three of his poems to analyze and then developed three dances inspired by those poems. Eventually, I would like to analyze all of the poems in “God’s Trombones” and create an entire concert inspired by his work.