BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY James Weldon Johnson
|James W. Johnson|
photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1932
|Born||June 17, 1871|
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
|Died||June 26, 1938 (aged 67)|
Wiscasset, Maine, United States
|Occupation||author, activist, educator, lawyer, diplomat|
|Literary movement||Harlem Renaissance|
|Notable works||"Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, God's Trombones, Along This Way|
Education and law careers
Civil rights activism
Legacy and honors
- 1904, Honorary Master's degree from Atlanta University.
- 1925, Spingarn Medal from the NAACP for outstanding achievement by an American Negro.
- 1928, Harmon Gold Award for God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927).
- 1929, Julius Rosenwald Fund Grant.
- 1933, W. E. B. Du Bois Prize for Negro Literature.
- Honorary doctorates from Talladega College and Howard University.
- 2007, Emory University in Atlanta established the James Weldon Johnson Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies in his honor.
- The James Weldon Johnson building at Coppin State University is named in his honor.
- The James Weldon Johnson Middle School is named in his honor.
- Johnson is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church (USA) on June 25.
- On February 2, 1988, the United States Postal Service issued a 22-cent postage stamp in his honor.
- Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917)
- God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927)
- Saint Peter Relates an Incident: Selected Poems (1935)
- The Book of Negro Spirituals (1925, editor), anthology
- The Second Book of Negro Spirituals (1926, editor)
- The Book of American Negro Poetry (1931, editor), anthology
- The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (1912/1927, novel)
- Black Manhattan (1930, study)
- Negro Americans, What Now? (1934, essay)
- Along This Way: The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson (1933/37, autobiography)