Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Mar. 10, 1930

The Green Pastures. The black shepherds of the South make the Bible stories real to their flocks. Since the Southern Negro does not possess a learned, historic imagination, he envisions Scriptural events in terms of his own life. But the sinful city of Babylon is nonetheless real to him because he conceives it to have resembled a series of Negro nightclubs. Nor is the Lord God any less credible because he is imagined as working, like all important beings, in an office with a rolltop desk. From such humble visions, welling out...

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