Johnson, James Weldon

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An African-American writer, diplomat, and civil rights leader of the early twentieth century. His novel The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man illustrated the difficulties of talented African-Americans. He also co-wrote “Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing” and encouraged writers of the Harlem Renaissance.

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