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We're Heaven Bound!: Portrait of a Black Sacred Dramaby Gregory D. Coleman
Synopses & Reviews
More than one million people from all walks of life have been uplifted and entertained by Heaven Bound, the folk drama that follows, through song and verse, the struggles between Satan and a band of pilgrims on their way down the path of glory that leads to the golden gates.
Staged annually and without interruption for more than seventy years at Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Heaven Bound is perhaps the longest running black theater production. Here, a lifelong member of Big Bethel with many close ties to Heaven Bound recounts its lively history and conveys the enduring power and appeal of an Atlanta tradition that is as much a part of the city as Coca-Cola or Gone with the Wind.
Book News Annotation:
America's longest-running black folk drama, Heaven Bound was first performed by the choir and congregation of Atlanta's Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in 1930 and has since been seen by over one million people. The play tells in song and verse the story of 24 pilgrims as they meet the temptations of Satan along their journey to the promised land. More than the story behind the play, this history portrays the development of African American religion and culture since 1930. B&w photographs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p.183-189) and index.
About the Author
Gregory D. Coleman, an attorney and businessman in Atlanta, Georgia, has been a member of Big Bethel since his childhood. He has been associated with Heaven Bound, as either a performer or its director, for more than thirty years.
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