JACKSONVILLE, James Weldon Johnson
by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)
James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson was born in 1871 and died in 1938. He had a successful and varied career as an author, diplomat, lawyer, educator, songwriter, and civil rights activist.
He was also the first African American to become the Executive Director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). One of his songs was "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing". This song became very popular and was known as the "Negro National Anthem" and promoted by the NAACP. His most well known book is "The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man". He also published a poetry collection "Fifty Years and Other Poems".
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