Few literary movements are actively constructed by the writers and even fewer have writers recruited to participate in the event. Johnson whose workslead the New Negro movement were also responsible for its formation. The purpose of the Harlem Renaissance was to advance African Americans towards full citizenship.
His maternal great-grandmother, Hester Argo, had escaped from Saint-Domingue today Haiti during the revolutionary upheaval inalong with her three young children, including James' grandfather Stephen Dillet — Although originally headed to Cuba, their boat was intercepted by privateers and they were taken to Nassau, where they permanently settled.
In Stephen Dillet became the first man of color to win election to the Bahamian legislature ref: The boys were first educated by their mother, a musician and a public school teacher, before attending Edwin M.
Their mother imparted to them her great love and knowledge of English literature and the European tradition in music. In addition to his studies for the bachelor's degree, he also completed some graduate coursework.
James Hotel, a luxury establishment built when Jacksonville was one of Florida's first winter resort destinations, inspired young James to pursue a professional career. Molded by the classical education for which Atlanta University was best known, Johnson regarded his academic training as a trust.
He knew he was expected to devote himself to helping black people advance. Johnson was a prominent member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. They collaborated on songwriting and achieved some success on Broadway in the early s.
Over the next 40 years Johnson served in several public capacities, working in education, the diplomatic corps, and civil rights activism. In he participated in Theodore Roosevelt 's successful presidential campaign.
After becoming president, Roosevelt appointed Johnson as United States consul at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela from toand to Nicaragua from to InJohnson married Grace Nailwhom he had met in New York City several years earlier while working as a songwriter. A cultured and well-educated New Yorker, Grace Nail Johnson later collaborated with her husband on a screenwriting project.
He wrote his own poetry and supported work by others, also compiling and publishing anthologies of spirituals and poetry. Owing to his influence and his innovative poetry, Johnson became a leading voice in the Harlem Renaissance of the s.
Starting as a field secretary for the NAACP inJohnson rose to become one of the most successful officials in the organization. He traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, for example, to investigate a brutal lynching that was witnessed by thousands. Appointed in as the first executive secretary of the NAACP, Johnson helped increase membership and extended the movement's reach by organizing numerous new chapters in the South.
Johnson died in while vacationing in Wiscasset, Mainewhen the car his wife was driving was hit by a train.
His funeral in Harlem was attended by more than people. Education and law careers[ edit ] In the summer offollowing his freshman year at Atlanta UniversityJohnson went to a rural district in Georgia to teach the descendants of former slaves.
Inat the young age of 35, he was promoted to principal. In the segregated system, Johnson was paid less than half of what white colleagues earned. He improved black education by adding the ninth and tenth grades to the school, to extend the years of schooling.
He later resigned from this job to pursue other goals. He was also the first black in Duval County to seek admission to the state bar. In order to be accepted, Johnson had a two-hour oral examination before three attorneys and a judge.
He later recalled that one of the examiners, not wanting to see a black man admitted, left the room. The university created the position for him, in recognition of his achievements as a poet, editor, and critic during the Harlem Renaissance. In addition to discussing literature, he lectured on a wide range of issues related to the lives and civil rights of black Americans.
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