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Name: Johnson, James Weldon (1871-1938)

Historical Note:

James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 - June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership within the NAACP as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and anthologies. He was also the first African-American professor at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University. Born in Jacksonville, Florida; died in Wiscasset, Maine; brother of J. Rosamond Johnson).

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