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Florida's Native Son: James Weldon Johnson

James Weldon Johnson of Jacksonville wrote about "Race Prejudice and the Negro Artist" for Harper's Monthly Magazine (1928).

An introduction to this article reads:

In 1928 Johnson published an article in Harper's attempting to end the common misconception among white Americans that "the Negro reached America intellectually, culturally, and morally empty, and that he is here to be filled. . . .Johnson showed that the Negro is "an active and important force in American life; that he is a creator was well as a creature; that he has given as well as received, that he is the potential giver of larger and richer contributions."

I found this article, Johnson's biography, his novel "The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man" (you can download it) his music and poetry at the URL below.

Enjoy the life, words and music of Florida's Native Son.

Kudos to the University of South Carolina for this amazing profile.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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