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Today is the birthday of James Weldon Johnson, born 1871.

James Weldon Johnson (June 17, 1871 – June 26, 1938) was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist. Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917. In 1920 he was the first black to be chosen as executive secretary of the organization, effectively the operating officer. He served in that position from 1920 to 1930. Johnson established his reputation as a writer, and was known during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture. (via Wikipedia)

 In honor of his birthday, we offer this poem…

To America
James Weldon Johnson

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Quote of the Day:
“To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
– Pearl S. Buck,
Author and Nobel Prize Winner
Born on this day 1892

Poem of the Day:
“The Greatest of these is War” by James Weldon Johnson
Remembering Poet James Weldon Johnson,
who died on this day 1938
Kindle Ebook of the Day:
Just Shy of Harmony: A Novel
(Book 2 in the Harmony Series)
by Philip Gulley – Only $2.99!!! 
[Book #1 also on sale!]
*** Read our recent interview with Philip Gulley about his Quaker faith
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The Wake Up Call – June 26, 2014