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Along This Way: The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson

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The autobiography of the celebrated African American writer and civil rights activist

Published just four years before his death in 1938, James Weldon Johnson's autobiography is a fascinating portrait of an African American who broke the racial divide at a time when the Harlem Renaissance had not yet begun to usher in the civil rights movement. Not only an educator, lawye
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 29th 2008 by Penguin Classics
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Rick
Aug 19, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Johnson (1871-1938) is most famous as the author of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” but that is just the bright tip of his many accomplishments. Johnson was a school principal in Florida who opened the first public high school for African Americans, he was a journalist, lawyer, scholar, novelist (The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man), poet, a successful Broadway songwriter (with his brother who was the composer), an American consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, the editor of ground-breaking anthol ...more
Conrad
May 15, 2007 Conrad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, biography
James Weldon Johnson was a high-school principal by age 21; spoke Latin, Spanish, French, and god knows what else; worked as a singer-songwriter and poet, Roosevelt diplomatic appointee and consul to Venezuela, the first Black man admitted to the Florida bar since Reconstruction, NAACP executive, ACLU activist, and sometime politician; he also did more than perhaps anyone else to bring government attention to the rate and causes of lynchings in the South in the early 20th century.

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Roger Wood
This is an important read for anyone wishing to explore the origins of the Black intellectual elite who led the United States to enlightenment after Radical Reconstruction. Like many of his class, James Weldon Johnson rose up from indentured servitude to exemplify the caliber of talent that was unable to contribute to American society due to the legacy of segregation.

An author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights acti
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Dennis Greene
Jun 19, 2015 Dennis Greene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent biography which informs one about African American life iin the first quarter of the 20th Century.
carol
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Reading this made me feel like an ignoramus for all this history that I don't know.
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Amazing autobiography of an American genius.
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James Weldon Johnson was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative li ...more
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