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James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)

Image courtesy of the
Library of Congress.

Secondary bibliography on James Weldon Johnson

Brief biographical sketch from the Schomburg collection of African American literature.
Biographical sketch from the Gale Group's Exploring Poetry site.
Picture and links to poems and criticism at the Modern American Poetry site. A photo exhibit at this site includes pictures of handwritten manuscripts and editions of God's Trombones and other works.
A full color portrait of Johnson by Laura Wheeler Waring (1943).
James Weldon Johnson. This extensive site, from an exhibition at the Thomas Cooper Library at the University of South Carolina, includes a lengthy biographical sketch, information on Johson's music as well as his poetry and fiction, and pictures of Johnson and his works.
The Jass.com site has information on Johnson's musical career as well as pictures of sheet music.
"The Creation" read by Arna Bontemps at the poets.org site. Other poems at this site include "Lift Every Voice and Sing," "Go Down, Death," and "Listen, Lord: A Prayer."
Teaching strategies from the Heath Anthology site.
James Weldon Johnson collection at the Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Works Available Online 

The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man at Eldritch Press (1912 edition)

Fifty Years and Other Poems (Gutenberg)
"The Making of Harlem" (1925) (text and images at the University of Virginia)
1922 Preface to the Book of American Negro Poetry
Excerpts from the 1931 Preface to the Book of American Negro Poetry
The Book of American Negro Poetry (at bartleby.com)

Comments to D. Campbell