Esperanza Spalding

God's trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. Written by James Weldon Johnson.
The Prodigal Son (of the Jazz Age)
This illustration is featured in a book of poems by James Weldon Johnson titled, God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. Published in 1927, it emulates traditional African-American religious oratory. The seven sermons were inspired by memories of sermons by black preachers heard by Mr. Johnson while growing up. Johnson described the trombone as “the...