Lift Every Voice and Sing: Selected Poems

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Penguin, Jan 13, 2000 - Poetry - 105 pages
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This selection of more than forty poems from a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance includes both uncompromising indictments of racial injustice and celebrations of the triumphs of African-Americans.

 

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Contents

III
13
IV
25
V
27
VI
30
VII
31
VIII
32
IX
33
X
34
XXVI
54
XXVII
55
XXVIII
59
XXIX
60
XXX
62
XXXI
63
XXXII
64
XXXIII
67

XI
37
XII
38
XIII
39
XIV
40
XV
41
XVI
43
XVII
44
XVIII
45
XIX
46
XX
47
XXI
48
XXII
50
XXIII
51
XXIV
52
XXV
53
XXXIV
69
XXXV
71
XXXVI
73
XXXVII
75
XXXVIII
77
XXXIX
79
XL
81
XLI
82
XLII
90
XLIII
91
XLIV
93
XLV
101
XLVI
103
XLVII
105
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About the author (2000)

James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1871. Among the first to break through the barriers segregating his race, he was educated at Atlanta University and at Columbia and was the first black admitted to the Florida bar. He was also, for a time, a songwriter in New York, American consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, and professor of creative literature at Fisk University—experiences recorded in his autobiography, Along This Way. Other books by him include Saint Peter Relates an Incident, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. In addition to his own writing, Johnson was the editor of pioneering anthologies of black American poetry and spirituals. He died in 1938.

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