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James Weldon Johnson was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership within the NAACP as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and anthologies. He was also the first African-American professor at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.

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List of poems by James Weldon Johnson 63 total

The Creation
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Go Down, Death
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O Black And Unknown Bards
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The Prodigal Son
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Ma Lady's Lips Am Like De Honey
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A Mid-Day Dreamer
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An Explanation 137 ViewsRate it
The Gift to Sing
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Prayer At Sunrise
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Morning, Noon and Night
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You's Sweet to Yo' Mammy de Same
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The Color Sergeant
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Ghosts Of The Old Year
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Mother Night
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From The Spanish 114 ViewsRate it
Nobody's Lookin' But De Owl An' De Moon
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The White Witch
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The Young Warrior
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Possum Song
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The Reward 109 ViewsRate it
Beauty that Is Never Old
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Listen, Lord: A Prayer
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I Hear The Stars Still Singing 102 ViewsRate it
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Lift Every Voice and Sing
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Dat Gal o' Mine 97 ViewsRate it
Father, Father Abraham
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And the Greatest of These Is War
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Sence You Went Away
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A Poet To His Baby Son
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Down By the Carib Sea
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The Glory of the Day Was In Her Face
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Her Eyes Twin Pools
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Before a Painting
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A Banjo Song 83 ViewsRate it
Brer Rabbit You's de Cutes' of 'Em All
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To Horace Bumstead
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Voluptas 77 ViewsRate it
The Awakening
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The Black Mammy
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Fifty Years (1863-1913)
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The Temptress
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To America 72 ViewsRate it
Venus in the Garden
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From The Spanish Of Placido
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Deep In the Quiet Wood
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The Rivals
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The Seasons
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July In Georgy
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From The German Of Uhland
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The Suicide
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The Word Of An Engineer
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The Ghost of Deacon Brown
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De Little Pickaninny's Gone to Sleep 44 ViewsRate it
Omar 39 ViewsRate it
O Southland!
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Girl of Fifteen
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