James Weldon Johnson was an author, poet, educator, lawyer, diplomat and civil rights leader.
In the summer of 1891 at the Atlanta University, young James Weldon Johnson decided to teach school
in a back woods rural part of Georgia.
Many years later Mr.Johnson recalled that experience in his autobiography,
‘Along This Way’
He recalled:
“In all of my experience there has been no period so brief that has meant so much in my edication for life as the three months I spent in the backwoods of Georgia. It was a period that marked the beginning of my psychological change from boyhood to manhood. It was this period which also marked the beginning of my knowledge of my own people as a race.”

James Weldon Johnson was born on June 17, 1871 in Jacksonville, Florida.
He was one of the first Black Americans to break through the barriers segregating the Black race,
he was educated at Atlanta University and at Columbia University and he was also the first Black American
to be admitted to the Florida bar.

James Weldon Johnson died on June 26th 1938.

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