Who is James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, civil rights activist. He was married to civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson. James Weldon Johnson is best remembered for his leadership 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, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture.

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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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  • Sfopera: "seems lak to me de stars don’t shine so bright... sence you went away." composer h. leslie adams set james weldon johnson's 1922 poetry to music in this performance from bass-baritone michael sumuel for the atrium sessions. catch up on the series now:
  • Michaelharriot: let’s talk about the “lift every voice and sing.” like the star spangled banner, it was originally a poem (written by poet james weldon johnson). while francis scott key was considered a terrible poet johnson was a child genius. he went to college at 16 & became a principal
  • Michaelharriot: how do we know this? well, when this happened, the naacp sent its new field secretary to investigate and it mobilized black america. by 1919, memphis had the biggest chapter in the country. who was this new secretary? some dude named james weldon johnson
  • Sawh1970: today: “margaret murray washington: career clubwoman and mother of tuskegee” co-sponsored by the southern association of women historians thu, sep 16, 1:30 to 2:15pm edt (12:30 to 1:15pm cdt), virtual, james weldon johnson room
  • Paintpunkznft: how much like the voice of the nation to hear their heavenly voice and tone? set the strong charge the fresh creation we took our gifts as the cornerstone. inspired by oliver wendell holmes sr, frances ellen watkins harper, and james weldon johnson.
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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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