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James Weldon Johnson
(1871-1938) born on
Jun 17
US poet, diplomat, anthologist. He is noted for his poetry and anthologies of black culture; wrote "The Book of American Negro Poetry," 1921.
         
   
F
You are young, gifted, and Black. We must begin to tell our young, There's a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that's just begun.

R
O Black and unknown bards of long ago,
How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?
A
Nothing great or enduring, especially in music, has ever sprung full-fledged and unprecedented from the brain of any master; the best he gives to the world he gathers from the hearts of the people, and runs it through the alembic of his genius.
N
At a very early age I began to thump on the piano alone, and it was not long before I was able to pick out a few tunes. I also learned the names of the notes in both clefs, but I preferred not be hampered by notes.
K
The final measure of the greatness of all peoples is the amount and standard of the literature and all they have produced. The world does not know that a people is great until that people produces great literature and art.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Gifted and Black," 1959.
R: "O Black and Unknown Bards," "St. Peter Relates an Incident," 1917.
A: "Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man," 1912.
N: "Along This Way," 1933.
K: "The Book of Negro Poetry," preface, 1931.
   


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