FLOR500, Garden 168 James Weldon Johnson, Poet, Diplomat, and Civil Rights activist (1871–1938) A native of Jacksonville, Johns became one of the leading poets of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He was also the first African American to pass the bar exam in Florida. He served as consul to Nicaragua and Venezuela under President Woodrow Wilson. In 1916 he became the first executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and wrote the poem “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem. His brother, John Rosamond Johnson, set it to music.
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James Weldon Johnson, Poet, Diplomat, and Civil Rights activist 

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James Weldon Johnson, Poet, Diplomat, and Civil Rights activist 

(1871–1938) 

A native of Jacksonville, Johns became one of the leading poets of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. He was also the first African American to pass the bar exam in Florida. He served as consul to Nicaragua and Venezuela under President Woodrow Wilson. In 1916 he became the first executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and wrote the poem "Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known as the black national anthem. His brother, John Rosamond Johnson, set it to music.





 




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