James Weldon Johnson
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Photogragh (Library Of Congress)
Author of "Lift Every
Voice and Sing" otherwise know as the Negro National Anthem or Black National
Autobiography of an EX-Colored Man With Henry Louis Gates
First published anonymously in 1912, this resolutely unsentimental novel gave
many white readers their first glimpse of the double standard ' and double
consciousness ' that ruled the lives of black people in modern America.
Republished in 1927, at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, with an
introduction by Carl Van Vechten, The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man became
a groundbreaking document of Afro-American culture; the first first-person novel
ever written by a black, it became an eloquent model for later novelists ranging
from Zora Neale Hurston to Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison.
A poem based on the story of creation from
the first book of the Bible.
Written by civil rights leader and poet James Weldon
Johnson in 1899, the powerful words of the song often called the African-American anthem
come alive with stunning, emotionally charged illustrations by two-time Coretta Scott King
Award winner Jan Spivey Gilchrist.