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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.
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.

O Black and unknown bards of long ago,
How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?
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.
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.
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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