Brer Rabbit and the Church

Brer Rabbit and the Church

Continuing with the There’s Rhythm in the Telling of a Tale series of programs, Brer Rabbit and the Church is an interactive storytelling program that features a Brer Rabbit (B’uh Rabbit) persona of protest and advocacy fairly unknown within the popular Joel Chandler Harris series of publications that retell many of the Brer Rabbit (B’uh Rabbit) stories he heard told by African Americans while he (Harris) worked as a teen apprentice on the Turnwold Plantation near Eatonton, Georgia.

“It ain’t right! It ain’t right for one man to have it all and the rest of us have nothin’!” ~ Brer Rabbit (B’uh Rabbit)

The Brer Rabbit stories are those Reverend Dr. William J. Faulkner heard as a ten-year-old boy (Lil Willie) by Simon Brown who, formerly enslaved, had come to Darlington County, SC to work. More about Simon Brown in the upcoming book, The Essential Brer Rabbit (Summer 2023).

Let the church choir sing!

Under the auspices of a National Endowment for the Arts grant through Georgia Arts Council, J’miah Nabawi premiere’s Brer Rabbit and the Church in “Were You There (When the Animals Used to Talk)?” Presented as a play in song and narration, the collaboration between Nabawi and the Armstrong Atlantic State University Student Choir under the direction of Choir Director, Constance Andrews at the Armstrong Campus Theater (University Hall) proved to be a success. (Photo: Savannah Morning News, 2007)

“Were you there, when the animals used to talk? Were you there with Br’uh Bear, Fox and Chicken Hawk? Little Willie was there, Uncle Simon Brown was there. They were there with the animals when they used to talk!”

Let the Church say, Amen!