James Weldon Johnson

By Aidan Vancura

Birth to Death

  • Born: June 17, 1871, Jacksonville, FL

  • Died: June 26, 1938, Wiscasset, ME

  • Expertise

    James Weldon Johnson worked in musical theater, he was also a singer and song writer. He also has writen a few published poems and novels such as The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing"

    Interesting Facts

    James was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership within the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP) from 1917 to 1930.

    James was the son of a headwaiter and the first female black public school teacher in Florida, both of whom had roots in Nassau, Bahamas.

    James went to the University of Atlanta

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