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'In Abraham's Bosom' Recounts Life In Jim Crow South

An image of 'In Abraham's Bosom' by Paul Green
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In 1926, North Carolina playwright Paul Green helped introduce on stage realistic depictions of life for African Americans. With his Pulitzer Prize-winning play "In Abraham's Bosom," Green told the story of Abraham McCranie, a black man who wanted to educate black children in the American South.

The play was never produced in the South, but a staged reading at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill brings Green's work back home. The event is a part of a statewide celebration of the Pulitzer Prize's 100th anniversary called Pulitzer NC: The Power of Words.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Laurence Avery, co-organizer of the event; Reginald Hildebrand, professor of African American studies and History at UNC-Chapel Hill; and Thomasi McDonald, an actor in the production, about the award-winning play's origins.

The staged reading takes place Monday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Paul Green Theatre in Chapel Hill.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC. His fascination for audio storytelling and radio journalism began as a broadcast major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He began his career as a reporter for Carolina Connection, UNC’s student-led radio news show, where Charlie’s work won multiple Hearst Journalism Awards.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.