James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson

1871 - 1938

James Weldon Johnson, who was a talented American poet and novelist, made a name for himself as a man of letters and as a civil rights leader in the early decades of the 20th century. He is credited with bringing a new standard of artistry and realism to black literature.

He was head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People during the 1920s and helped remove the legal, political and social obstacles hindering black achievement.

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I dreamed that I was a rose
That grew beside a lonely way,
Close by a path none ever chose,
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How would you have us, as we are?
Or sinking 'neath the load we bear?
Our eyes fixed forward on a ... [+]