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With a rare blend of pride and humility, Johnson recounts how he, among other accomplishments, became Florida's first black lawyer in 1898, a diplomat in Venezuela and Nicaragua, and lyricist for his brother Rosamond Johnson's famous song, "Lift Every Voice and Sing." Johnson's commentary on his epochal novel, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, as well as writings on his works of poetry--The Creation, God's Trombones, and Fifty Years and Other Poems--is priceless. Equally important are the logical and even-tempered opinions on race that he wrote for The New York Age, which offered comprehensive critiques of Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, and Marcus Garvey, along with his analysis of the racial climate while serving as head of the NAACP. This remarkable man left a mark on the 20th century that goes beyond the boundary of race. --Eugene Holley Jr. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The book initially was published anonymously.
This element is where the book shines, showing the systemically inhumane treatment of blacks, and the ambivalent and muddled human response to this.
It is historical fiction and draws the reader in to understand what life was like for people during that time period.
It was a real story about a real person who had a different background than others and who saw the world with fresh eyes who just told a story of his life and life around him... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carolyn B. Frye
Insightful thought provoking master piece. Unparalleled. Riveting. Classic African American literature. Historically placed, but remains relevant. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mia Benson-Smith
If you know just a tad about Black History and the author James Weldon Johnson. You will want to read it because of his accomplishments. You have to read it to understand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by janet maryland thorbourne
As the US and African-Americans still deal with the past issues about race, this story is still relevant and important to us today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Candice J. Burris
This was an enlightening look into the life of a person who, because of physical characteristics, had the choice of joining the colored community or shunning it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Everett Connor
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. An enlightening story that is very well written. I had forgotten that it was fiction and was surprised to realize at the end that it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by LW_Chick
I started reading this book and it is really well written. It is def. a page turner and Amazon did a great job delivering it in a timely fashion.Published 5 months ago by ruthpc