The Selected Writings of James Weldon Johnson: The New York Age editorials (1914-1923)
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) would have been judged a successful man had he merely remained the principal of Stanton School in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL. Destiny led him, however, to become the first African-American to pass the Florida Bar exam, to win international acclaim as a songwriter, poet, novelist, diplomat, playwright, journalist, and champion of human rights. Since that time, though, his life and contributions have gone virtually unnoticed, except for his well-known song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing."
Johnson's dual role as civil rights leader and literary artist was unprecedented and has not been replicated since. He used this duality in attempt to exonerate black Americans from the psychological and physical persecutions of "Jim Crow." These two volumes comprise of Johnson's literary work, song lyrics, and both his literary and political essays. A critical introduction places Johnson in relation to other black artists, the development of African-American literature, and early integrationist movements.
By painting a vivid picture of the race problem in this nation, and by his portrayal of the successes and possibilities of his race, he pricked white America's conscience. This collection serves as witness to Johnson's pioneering a momentous standard for African-American literature while he laid the groundwork for the early civil rights movement in America.
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Henry Fords New Role February 4 1915
Between the Devil and the Deep Sea September 27 1917
Why Should a Negro Fight? June 29 1918
Lynching and Mob Violence
More Toll for Houston February 9 1918
Teaching Negroes a Lesson September 13 1919
The Suffrage Parade October 28 1915
The Colored Woman Voter September 18 1920
The Black and White Press
Perverted History April 22 1915
Reaping the Whirlwind August 2 1919
Negro Americans What Now?
The Presidents Message December 17 1914
Governor Slaton on Lynching January 29 1915
Theodore Roosevelt Speaks July 12 1917
Dr Washingtons Practical Suggestion November 19 1914
Where Is The Man? June 7 1917
Southern Political Economy Exploded July 7 1922
What Is Your B rainPower? November 26 1914
Let Down Your Buckets April 29 1915
Dean Pickens May 17 1919
Sin and Pleasure June 1 1916