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  • 1. James Weldon Johnson American Novelist, Poet, Autobiographer, Historian and Critic
  • 2. Johnson’s life, Activities, Accomplishme nts Short, exciting life...
  • 3. Johnson’s Life Born in Jacksonville, Florida - 1871 Attended grammar school in Jacksonville Went to Atlanta University for preparatory and undergraduate study Returned to Jacksonville to principal and teach Simultaneously pursued other careers Died tragically in 1938
  • 4. Song and Dance Team Bob Cole and James Weldon Johnson
  • 5. Activities/Accomplishme nts: 1894-1912 school for Founder of the first public high African Americans in Florida Founder of one of the first black daily newspapers: the Daily American First African American lawyer admitted to the bar in his area of Florida Likely the first Floridian ever to compose an opera Served as US consulate in Venezuela - fluent in Spanish and French
  • 6. Activities/Accomplishme nts 1912-1931 Finishes and publishes Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man Joined the NAACP Publishes Fifty Years and Other Poems Serves as Executive Secretary of NAACP, 1920-1930 Publishes The Book of American Negro Poetry (poetry anthology) Publishes God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (poetry) Re-publication of Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man, 1927
  • 7. Autobiography of an ExColored Man Published anonymously in 1912 disassociation from controversy gave credence to the fictional narrator New Techniques used in the novel overthrows stereotypical black character first person narrative unreliable narrator vision of black life through irony rather than propaganda autobiography sad instead of proud
  • 8. Themes Unique tone passing moral cowardice materiality condemnation of black life insecurity unfulfilled dreams flight from confrontation destruction from within
  • 9. Upcoming Assignments/Activities October 9 - Recorded Session on final thoughts on Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, and Introduction to Harlem Renaissance Assignment: Read Jean Toomer’s Cane October 11 - Live Session on Breeze. Introduction to Jean Toomer. Discuss poetry and short stories Assignment: Hughes and Hurston, take quiz anytime before class on Tuesday, October 16 October 16 - Student Presentation on Hughes, Intro to Hurston
  • 10. Upcoming Assignments/Activities October 9 - Recorded Session on final thoughts on Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, and Introduction to Harlem Renaissance Assignment: Read Jean Toomer’s Cane October 11 - Live Session on Breeze. Introduction to Jean Toomer. Discuss poetry and short stories Assignment: Hughes and Hurston, take quiz anytime before class on Tuesday, October 16 October 16 - Student Presentation on Hughes, Intro to Hurston