Johnson was born June 17,1871 in Jacksonville, Florida to James and Helen Louise Johnson. Johnson's father, James Johnson, was born a freeman and was of mixed ancestry. Even though, he is no longer living, James Weldon Johnson has left much about his contributions to African American literature. He was a writer, diplomat, professor, and editor, who also described himself as a man of letters and a civil rights leader. He was the author of the
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and Winston 353) To conclude this paper, James Weldon Johnson was an outgoing person, a great writer, teacher, and a public speaker. But one thing he will always remember Johnson for is his writing of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," which is known as the Black National Anthem. Johnson has also accomplished many other things in his lifetime as an African American because he would do anything to get a job done right the first time.