James Weldon Johnson was an American author, poet, civil rights activist, and prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Johnson's works include The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, God’s Trombones, Tolosa, and Negro Americans, What Now? Johnson also composed the lyrics of "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."
- The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912)
- James Weldon Johnson's The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a fictional, tragic tale about a young mulatto's coming-of-age in the early 20th century. The unnamed narrator, who has a black mother and white father, is light-skinned enough to pass for a white man but his emotional connections to his mother's heritage make him unable to fully embrace that world.
- Lift Every Voice and Sing
- A poem describing the perils our fathers went through to keep their homeland free.
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