' FOR NEGRO MARTIN
i NATURAL STATE
a tuf~~ ae down," the Negro
uit o fn ued, relating the his-
.~~1f ringizg Steel," her musical
' ce t which is to be presented here
nt 'week f1r the first time west
of the Atlantic seaboard. "Then I
found out that the last thing we
needed for our purpose was a mu-
Proposed Stage Presentation.
4"I proposed a stage presentation
of, songs sung as the unlettered
Negroes sing them. But even Hall
Johnson said, 'Nobody wants to hear
"I argued at length with Alain
Iicke and Langston Hughes," Miss
3.rston continued. Dr. Locke is pro-
ef litraturo at Howard uni-
trsity; Latgston Hughes is an out-
standing Negro poet and writer of
fiction. "Langston Hughes said that
unarranged Negro folk songs are
merely wild flowers. I answered,
'There are still people who like to
look at wild flowers-I do. And the
tame flowers haven't begun to equal
BRINGS SKETCH I
Zora Neale Hurston, Negro
author, who is here to pr-
sent her "Singing Steel," mue
sical sketch of Negro song&
unretouchedd" at the Southl
Park Y. W. C. A. Nov. 23
'Singing Steel' an audition. We pre-
sented it in New York and in Flori-
da and the audiences were thrilled,
because it was simply a faithful
representation of a working day in
a Negro's life, with the songs a
cries he uses."
To Give Program Monday.
The Renaissance Society of
University of Chicago will.
Miss Hurston in a program
folklore and some of her own
ings at 8:30 Monday evening
Mandel hall, 57th street and
versity avenue. Later, at 8;15 p.D
1ov. 23 and at 2:15 and 8:15
Nov. 24, the South Park
Y. W. C. A. will present
Steel." She has come to Chic
supervise its production. ,
"When musicians arrange ti
songs," said Miss Hurston, '(h
make anthems out of them. 'rv9o
a rainbow wrapped and tied aro..d
my shoulder,' becomes 'Rain, rai
rain' and 'bow, bow, bow,' as
conductor manipulates his hands,
a way that would make the otigin
Negro singer listen as curiously as
you do. But sing a song as they
'sing it anf everybody joins in.
Robeson Best-and Untaught.
Robeson sings Negro songs better
than tnost because, thank God, he
lacks Uiical education. But,;
ta iyt If youa
ybtuili't want to heari
or Robeson. He hasn't the voice i
either one. t's the effect. When ;I1
was at Barnard the girls smiled
when I said I liked our music best
but I do.
"It would be a tremendous ~s'
to the Negro race and to Afierfca ifl
we should lose the folklore and!
folk music, for the unlettered Neg*!*
has given the Negro's best,contri-.
ibution to America's culture."