James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1871. Among the first to break through the barriers segregating his race, he was educated at Atlanta University and at Columbia and was the first black admitted to the Florida bar. He was also, for a time, a songwriter in New York, American consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, and professor of creative literature at Fisk Universityexperiences recorded in his autobiography, Along This Way. Other books by him include Saint Peter Relates an Incident, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. In addition to his own writing, Johnson was the editor of pioneering anthologies of black American poetry and spirituals. He died in 1938.
Complete Poemsby James Weldon Johnson
2000 marks the centenary of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," James Weldon Johnson's most famous lyric, which is now embraced as the Negro National Anthem. In celebration, this Penguin original collects all the poems from Johnson's published works—Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917), God's Trombones (1927), and Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day (1935)—along with a number of previously unpublished poems.
Sondra Kathryn Wilson, the foremost authority on Johnson and his work, provides an introduction that sheds light on Johnson's many achievements and his pioneering contributions to recording and celebrating the African American experience.
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We know that Langston Huhges is the father of African-American poetry, we must Not forget James Weldon Johnson. We know the 'Dreamed Deferred' but we must know' God's Trombones' and 'The Gift to Sing'. This small but powerful book belongs on the shelf of every American home. A must for school libraries and a gift for all writers. Thank you James Weldon Johnson. Lift Up Your Voice and Sing.
I thought that this collection was an essential for any person that enjoys Harlem Renaissance literature. His poems are great and a wide variety of themes and structures are represented.