Pretty interesting stuff – almost a who's who of African American socially conscious singing actors in the early 60s – with a cast that includes James Earl Jones, Moses Gunn, Leon Bibb, Josephine Premice, Cicely Tyson, and Roscoe Lee Browne, who also arranged and directed the whole affair. Even cooler is the fact that the music was written by Bill Lee and the great Stuart Scharf – and played by the pair with help from Seldon Powell on flute and Floyd Williams on percussion. The performance is part musical, part spoken – a string of passages from writers that include Richard Wright
, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, WC Handy, Julian Bond, Le Roi Jones, and others – working together beautifully in a very righteous, slightly radical theater piece.
(Cover has a cutout hole.)