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Full Name: James Weldon Johnson
Biography:
(1871-1938) Poet, novelist, composer, songwriter, editor of New York Age. James Weldon Johnson wrote "The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man" (1912). He was the first African-American to be elected head of the NAACP. He played a large role as poet, critic and editor during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. In addition to this work, he was editor of "The Book of American Negro Poetry" (1922), an anthology that was the first of its kind. Johnson's poetry books include "God's Trombones" (1927), "Since You Went Away," and "My City." He wrote "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" (1900), considered the black national anthem. Johnson lived in Harlem at 127 West 53rd Street, Manhattan, New York in the 1920s.
Author's Timeline:
1871 (Unknown) County
James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1871. 
1938 (Unknown) County
James Weldon Johnson died in Wiscasset, Maine in 1938. 
1920 New York County
Johnson lived in Harlem at 127 W. 53rd Street, Manhattan, New York in the 1920s.  
1912 (Unknown) County
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Novel. 
1922 (Unknown) County
The Book of American Negro Poetry
Collection of poetry; edited by Johnson. 
1927 (Unknown) County
God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse
Verse. 
1892 (Unknown) County
To A Friend
Collectin of poetry. 
1923 (Unknown) County
My City
Collection of poetry. 
1900 (Unknown) County
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Song written with brother, John Rosamond Johnson. 
1938 Kings County
James Weldon Johnson is interred at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. 
1917 (Unknown) County
Fifty Years and Other Poems
Poetry. 
1925 (Unknown) County
The Book of American Negro Spirituals
Edited by Johnson. 
1933 (Unknown) County
Along This Way
Autobiography. 
1936 (Unknown) County
Selected Poems
Collection of poetry. 
? New York County
Johnson took graduate courses at Columbia University, Manhattan, New York. 

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