AfriGeneas Writers Forum
From Dera: Brer Rabbit Comes Alive
Brer Rabbit Comes Alive
The classic African folk tales of Brer Rabbit come to life in “Wickety Whack-Brer Rabbit is Back” at the Aronoff Center for the Arts on March 14. “The Brer Rabbit tales are stories of hope and inspiration in African-American culture,” explains Diane Ferlatte, who will perform the classic Brer Rabbit stories.
The tales of a clever rabbit who outwits larger enemies – a bear, a wolf and a fox – to survive and triumph in challenging circumstances, were told by slaves in the American South. They were popularized in the Uncle Remus stories published by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Joel Chandler Harris in the books “Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings” in 1881 and “Uncle Remus and Bre’er Rabbit” published in 1906.