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THE LIFE AND WORKS OF JAMES WELDON JOHNSON James Weldon Johnson was a writer diplomat professor and editorwho also described himself as a man of letters and a civil rights leader Even though he is no longer living James Weldon Johnson has left much abouthis contributions to African American literature Johnson was born June 171871 in Jacksonville Florida to James and Helen Louise Dallied JohnsonJohnsons father James Johnson was born a freeman and was of mixed ancestry He was a headwaiter in St James Hotel Mr Johnson taughthis son how to speak Spanish as a young boy Johnsons mother Helen Johnson was born a free woman in the West Indies Mrs Helen was awoman of French and Black ancestry She was the first black American to teach in the state of Florida Mrs Helen also taught her son to play the guitarOtfinoski 22 Johnson was born the second of three children John Rosamond also known as Rozy and a sister which died shortly after birth Logan and Winston James Weldon Johnson 353 He was originally named Johnson James William Johnson by his parents but in 1913 he changed his middle name to Weldon Kranz James Weldon Johnson 78 Sept 1 Johnson was a well-educated man of his time During his first few years of school he attended Stanton which offered blacks an education up to the eight grade Stanton was one of the best black schools in Johnsons hometown He graduated from Stanton at the age of 16 and went on to attend a secondary school
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