In Mules and Men, some of the rich cultural heritage of black America is revealed and preserved. In the 1930s, Zora Neale Hurston returned to her home town of Eatonville, Florida, to collect and record the oral histories, songs, and sermons, many dating back to slavery times, that she remembered hearing as a child. These highly metaphorical folktales, "big old lies", and powerful songs helped her to recover her history, and preserve an important part of American culture. The unique heritage of African-Americans, presented here with imagination, humor, and wisdom, has tremendous value for students of cultural history, as well as to anyone who loves a good story well told. This recording features Ruby Dee, a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame and actress in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway and Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.More
"[Ruby Dee's] narration of this seminal collection of black American folklore is nothing short of extraordinary....The stories are a treasure." (AudioFile)
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I laughed and reminsced.
I'd listen to it again in order to remember some of those "lies".
The origin of the word "um hmm."
Wish my father was alive to listen with me.
- Donald P. Watson
- Reeva's Mom