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James Weldon Johnson

June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938

1st African-American Professor at New York University (NYU), Creative Literature and Education

Most noted for penning “Lift E’vry Voice and Sing”

Author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist

For more information:

http://www.nyu.edu/library/bobst/research/arch/175/pages/jwj.htm

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/g_l/johnson/life.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Weldon_Johnson

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