Take time this weekend to reflect on the past while enjoying the natural beauty and wonder of Brookgreen Gardens.

In observance of Black History Month, Ron and Natalie Daise will present dramatic readings from "God's Trombones: Seven Negro Poems in Verse" by James Weldon Johnson.

The readings will take place at 1 and 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, at Brookgreen Gardens' Lowcountry Center Auditorium.

Ron Daise, Brookgreen's Vice President for Creative Education, is an author, performing artist, and cultural preservationist. Natalie Daise is a visual artist, storyteller, and creative catalyst. The Daises are recipients of the 1996 SC Order of the Palmetto and the 1997 State of South Carolina Folk Heritage Award and were stars and cultural consultants of Nick Jr. TV's "Gullah Gullah Island" of the 1990s.

Johnson's literary creation followed his observance of an absence of attention in folklore studies to what he called a "folk sermon." His poems are patterned after African-American religious oratory.

These special readings are not to be missed, so book your space now.

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