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James Weldon Johnson: Lift Every Voice and Sing (Picture-Story Biographies)

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ISBN 10: 0516441744 / ISBN 13: 9780516441740
Published by Childrens Pr, 1990
Condition: Good Soft cover
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Title: James Weldon Johnson: Lift Every Voice and ...

Publisher: Childrens Pr

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

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1990, trade paperback edition, Childrens Press, Chicago. 32 pages. Vintage photos throughout. James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was raised in a household full of music. He would eventually graduate from a university with honors in 1894. He would become the first African American in Florida's history to pass the Bar exam. Later, with his brothers, he moved to New York City and became a successful song writer. He is perhaps best known today for the song: Lift Every Voice and Sing. Later in his life, he became a professor at a university in Tennessee. Sadly, he was killed in an auto accident in 1938. Quite a story; quite a man.

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Grade 1-3-- A biography that succeeds in highlighting the life of a talented individual whose legacy has been an inspiration to many, and makes Johnson come alive for young readers. Although "Lift Every Voice and Sing" is acknowledged as the African-American national anthem, less commonly known is that it was written in 1900 by Johnson, a principal in Florida, and his brother for a celebration of Abraham Lincoln's birthday. Johnson excelled in areas beyond song writing, as well. He was the first African American in Florida to pass the bar, the principal of the first black high school in Jacksonville, a consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua, and an executive secretary of the NAACP. The book's layout is appealing; black-and-white photographs, which enhance the text by depicting Johnson's era, and highlighted lyrics are attractively arranged. Although brief, this title captures the essence of a remarkable individual. --Jeanette Lambert, LaVega School, Waco, TX
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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