Craig R. Prentiss, author of Staging Faith: Religion and African American Theater from the Harlem Renaissance to World War II, will visit Emory University for a book reading and signing.
The book examines the intersection of religion and theater as a reflection of African American life during the first Great Migration (roughly 1910-1930). Those were tumultuous years, when large numbers of African Americans moved from the largely rural South to cities in the Northeast, Midwest and West in search of jobs and greater possibilities for their futures.
A professor of religious studies at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, Prentiss discusses nearly 40 African American-written plays from about 1915 to 1940 in his book. Most of the plays are obscure and unpublished, and many of them were performed in community centers and churches.
Tuesday, February 25. 6:30 p.m.
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Parking available in the Fishburne deck