James W Johnson

James W Johnson

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an early civil rights activist, author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, and composer. James is best known for his leadership in the NAACP and for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and folklore collections. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is his most well-known work. In addition to The Book of American Negro Spirituals, Black Manhattan, and Negro Americans, What Now?, he released The Book of American Negro Spirituals, Black Manhattan, and Negro Americans, What Now?