Lift Every Voice and Sing: Selected Poems

Lift Every Voice and Sing: Selected Poems

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) James Weldon Johnson

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
  • Format: Paperback | 105 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 199mm x 9mm | 100g
  • Publication date: 24 February 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Hawthorn
  • ISBN 10: 014118387X
  • ISBN 13: 9780141183879
  • Sales rank: 1,599,593

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This selection of more than forty poems from a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance includes both uncompromising indictments of racial injustice and celebrations of the triumphs of African-Americans.

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Author information

James Weldon Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1871. Among the first to break through the barriers segregating his race, he was educated at Atlanta University and at Columbia and was the first black admitted to the Florida bar. He was also, for a time, a songwriter in New York, American consul in Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, and professor of creative literature at Fisk Universityexperiences recorded in his autobiography, Along This Way. Other books by him include Saint Peter Relates an Incident, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. In addition to his own writing, Johnson was the editor of pioneering anthologies of black American poetry and spirituals. He died in 1938."

Table of contents

Lift Every Voice and SingPreface by Sondra Kathryn Wilson Foreword Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day O Black and Unknown Bards Brothers - American Drama O Southland! We to America Mother Night The Young Warrior The White Witch My City The Glory of the Day Was in Her Face Life The Black Mammy Fragment Mother, Farewell! (from the Spanish of Placido) Girl of Fifteen The Suicide Down by the Carib Sea - Sunrise in the Tropics Los Cigarrillos Teestay The Lottery Girl The Dancing Girl Sunset in the Tropics Deep in the Quiet Wood Prayer at Sunrise Her Eyes Twin Pools Vashti If I Were Paris Ghosts of the Old Year Beauty Never Old Blessed Sleep The Greatest of These Is War A Poet to His Baby Son Ma Lady's Lips Am Like de Honey A Plantation Bacchanal Tunk Brer Rabbit, You's de Cutes' of 'Em All Answer to Prayer A Banjo Song The Rivals Sence You Went Away Lift Every Voice and Sing Envoy A Note on Placido's "Mother, Farewell!"