James Weldon Johnson
Born: June 17, 1871
Died: June 26, 1938
Occupation: Poet, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, writer, anthropologist, activist
Biography: James Weldon Johnson was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, and early civil rights activist. Johnson is remembered best for his leadership within the NAACP, as well as for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University.