Diplomat and hymn-writer, Broadway lyricist, activist, and historian, James Weldon Johnson was an early figurehead of the NAACP. This week's episode explores his life and multifaceted legacy.
James Weldon Johnson, Along This Way, Viking Press, (1933).
——, “The Creative Negro,” in: America As Americans See It, ed. Fred C. Ringel, Literary Guild, (1932), 160-165.
——, “God’s Trombones”.
——-, ed., The Book of American Negro Poetry. Repr., Harcourt, Brace, and Company, (1931).
Richard Hardack, "The Tragic Immigrant: Duality, Hybridity and the Discovery of Blackness in Mark Twain and James Weldon Johnson." ELH 82:1 (2015): 211-49.
Timo Müller. "James Weldon Johnson and the Genteel Tradition." Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory 69:2 (2013): 85-102.
NAACP: James Weldon Johnson.
"James Weldon Johnson (1871–1938)." In African American Almanac, ed. Lean'tin Bracks. Visible Ink Press, (2012).
“James Weldon Johnson.” In: The Oxford Companion to African-American Literature, eds. William L. Andrews, Frances Smith Foster, and Trudier Harris, Oxford University Press, (1997).
Brian Roberts, "PASSING INTO DIPLOMACY: U.S. CONSUL JAMES WELDON JOHNSON AND THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN." Modern Fiction Studies 56:2 (2010): 290-316,469.
Tabitha Wang, “East St. Louis Race Riot, 1917.”
Clark Atlanta University History.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)