Who is James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American writer and civil rights activist. He was married to civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson. Johnson was a leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917. In 1920, he was the first African American to be chosen as executive secretary of the organization, effectively the operating officer. He served in that position from 1920 to 1930. Johnson established his reputation as a writer, and was known during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems, novel, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture. He wrote the lyrics for "Lift Every Voice and Sing", which later became known as the Negro National Anthem, the music being written by his ...
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James Weldon Johnson Poems

  • You's Sweet To Yo' Mammy Jes De Same
    (Lullaby)


    Shet yo' eyes, ma little pickaninny, go to sleep...
  • Voluptas
    To chase a never-reached mirage
    Across the hot, white sand,
    And choke and die, while gazing on
    Its green and watered strand....
  • Venus In A Garden
    'Twas at early morning,
    The dawn was blushing in her purple bed,
    When in a sweet, embowered garden
    She, the fairest of the goddesses,...
  • Vashti
    I sometimes take you in my dreams to a far-off land I used to know,
    Back in the ages long ago; a land of palms and languid streams.

    A land, by night, of jeweled skies, by day, of shores that glistened bright,...
  • Tunk
    (A Lecture on Modern Education)


    Look heah, Tunk!-Now, ain't dis awful! T'ought I sont you off to school....
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Heart 22 Night 17 Love 16 I Love You 16 Light 15 Time 15 Life 14 Head 13 Sun 12 Face 12


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Justcallmebhunt: james weldon johnson of the ncaap knew how important this case was & decided to help everyone involved in the sweet murder case.
Beineckelibrary: james weldon johnson & w.e.b. du bois, great barrington, massachusetts from: james weldon johnson and grace nail johnson papers
Drdevissi: james weldon johnson (1871-1938) scholar, attorney, musician! worthy of regard!
Tarabetts: so far, my students have tackled the slave narratives of frederick douglass & harriet jacob, james weldon johnson’s autobiography of an ex-colored man, hurston’s their eyes were watching god, nella larsen’s quicksand & passing. heading into a journey w/ ralph ellison next week.
Jwjiemory: join us for our second public dialogue of the fall semester on nov. 21: "james weldon johnson & black cosmopolitanism," featuring a panel discussion of the themes in the emory rose library exhibition on jwj. rose library, 6 pm. details in flyer. rsvp:
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Lisa Grove: Did James weldon Johnson collaborate with his brother and write a musical lullaby that was published?

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The waters chased him as he fled
 by Emily Dickinson

1749

The waters chased him as he fled,
Not daring look behind-
A billow whispered in his Ear,
“Come home with me, my friend-
My parlor is of shriven glass,
My pantry has a fish
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