JAMES WELDON JOHNSON born June 17, 1871 in Jacksonville, Florida was a leading American author, poet, early civil rights activist, and prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. In 1896, he graduated from Atlanta University, now known as Clark Atlanta University. He was the first African American accepted to the Florida bar. He served in several public capacities, including as consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua and as principal of Stanton, a school for African American students in and in 1934 a visiting professor at New York Univ. He helped found and was secretary (1916-30) of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His novel Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912), published anonymously, caused a great stir and was republished under his name in 1927.
JOHN ROSAMOND JOHNSON (1873-1954), most often referred to as J. Rosamond Johnson, was a composer and singer during the Harlem Renaissance.he began his show business career along with his brother and Bob Cole. As a songwriting team, they wrote works such as The Evolution of Ragtime (1903). produced two successful Broadway operettas with casts of black actors: Shoo-Fly Regiment of 1906 and The Red Moon of 1904. They also created and produced several "white" musicals: Sleeping Beauty and the Beast in 1901, In Newport in 1904, and Humpty Dumpty in 1904. Rosamond would also collaborate to create Hello, Paris with J. Leubrie Hill in 1911.
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