Jun. 17, 2019
The Father Of Black Expressive Pride James Weldon Johnson
I turn to this afternoon to the accomplishments of in the life of Mr. James Weldon Johnson. James Weldon Johnson is in my eyes the 'father of black expressive pride". His poem, now song "Lift E'vry Voice and Sing" capsulizes the strength and determination of a black nation of overcomers. In those words written in 1900, James Weldon Johnson drew a picture that became a source of pride for each and every black American. So today as I continue to celebrate the 148th Birthday of James Weldon Johnson. I catalog his life's accomplishments. His varied experiences show the true greatness the embodied this wonderful man. Since James Weldon Johnson was born in Virginia and my family roots are centered with the Johnson strand in Virginia. I'm going to take the position that James Weldon Johnson was my past cousin. So in me flows the strength of James Weldon Johnson. I love the man and we as a group of Black Americans are forever in his debt.