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James Weldon Johnson (abt. 1871 - 1938)

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James Weldon Johnson
Born about in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida, United Statesmap
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Died in New Yorkmap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Nov 2016
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"When the Civil War created so much unrest, Helen Louise and her mother, returned to Nassau, and James Johnson(Sr) followed. They were married in Christ Church Cathedral on April 22, 1864.

Bringing his wife back to America after the war and settling in Jacksonville, their first child was born, a girl, Marie Louise, on July 10, 1868. On July 17, 1871, James William (in 1913 he changed his middle name to Weldon), was born and on August 11, 1873, John Rosamond arrived."

James Weldon Johnson " was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. 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.[1] 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."- See Wikipedia


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