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

    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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  • Greenwoodhf: green-wood permanent resident james weldon johnson wrote the lyrics to “lift ev'ry voice and sing,” often referred to as the black national anthem. it was set to music by his brother j. rosamond johnson.
  • Joeojazzmoon: authors in art: james weldon johnson by annette pledger
  • Somequotesbot: "eternities before the first-born day,or ere the first sun fledged his wings of flame,calm night, the everlasting and the same,a brooding mother over chaos lay." - james weldon johnson
  • Professorkim: i'm reminded of writers who were grappling with these identity issues while hoover was growing up and coming into young adulthood - charles chesnutt, jessie fauset, walter white, james weldon johnson... curious to know whether scholars are looking at hoover through this lens.
  • Aydelottefound: "if hbcus were so determined by the curriculum of white benefactors, then how do we get someone like a james weldon johnson, an ella baker, or a dr. king to emerge out of these institutions?" from our interview with jelani favors.
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Emily Dickinson Poem
How fits his Umber Coat
 by Emily Dickinson


How fits his Umber Coat
The Tailor of the Nut?
Combined without a seam
Like Raiment of a Dream-

Who spun the Auburn Cloth?

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