James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.
Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, the son of Helen Louise Dillet and James Johnson. His brother was the composer John Rosamond Johnson. Johnson was first ... more »
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- The Creation
- Go Down, Death
- Lift Every Voice and Sing
- Listen, Lord: A Prayer
- A Mid-Day Dreamer
- A Poet To His Baby Son
- Father, Father Abraham
- Beauty that Is Never Old
- An Explanation
- Fifty Years (1863-1913)
- And the Greatest of These Is War
- A Banjo Song
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''It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive character.''James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author, poet. Black Manhattan, ch. 11 (1930).
Lift every voice and sing till earth and heaven ring,James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), African-American hymn-writer. Published in The Hymnal (1982). "Lift every voice and sing," l. 1-4, Edward B. Marks M...
ring with the harmonies of liberty.
Let our rejoicing rise high as the listening skies;
Let it resound loud as the rolling se...
You sang far better than you knew; the songsJames Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author. O Black and Unknown Bards (l. 45-48). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Centu...
That for your listeners' hungry hearts sufficed
Still live,but more than this to you belongs:
You sang a race from wood and ston...
''Whose starward eyeJames Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author. O Black and Unknown Bards (l. 13-16). . . Poetry of Black America, The; Anthology of the 20th Centu...
Saw chariot "swing low"? And who was he
That breathed that comforting, melodic sigh,
"Nobody knows de trouble I see"?''
''O black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?''James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author, poet. "O Black and Unknown Bards," st. 1 (written c. 1907), publ. In Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917)...
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