22¢ James W. Johnson
Black Heritage Series
Issue Date: February 2, 1988
City: Nashville, TN
Printed By: American Bank Note Company
Printing Method: Photogravure
Born in Florida in 1871, James Weldon Johnson was representative of both the intellectual and creative worlds, being an educator, author, diplomat, lawyer, and lyricist.
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938)
Author and Civil Rights Activist
A graduate of Atlanta University, Jacksonville native James Weldon Johnson was the first African-American accepted to the Florida bar. Johnson held several public offices, served as the executive secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and was a prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. However, he is best known for his writing, which includes poems, novels, and the lyrics of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing (also known as the Black National Anthem).