James Weldon Johnson

17 June 1871–26 June 1938

James Weldon Johnson, photo by Doris Ulmann, ca. 1925, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (NPG.79.114).

Featured Hymns:

Lift every voice and sing

Published Works:

The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man (1912): PDF

Goyescas: or, the Rival Lovers (translator, 1915): WorldCat

Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917): PDF

The Book of American Negro Poetry (editor, 1922): PDF

The Book of American Negro Spirituals (editor, 1925): WorldCat

The Second Book of Negro Spirituals (editor, 1926): WorldCat

God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse (1927): WorldCat

Native African Races and Culture (1927): WorldCat

Black Manhattan (1930): WorldCat

Saint Peter Relates an Incident: Selected Poems (1930): WorldCat

Along This Way (1933): WorldCat

Negro Americans,What Now? (1934): Archive.org

Note: List does not include essays in periodicals or musical compositions.


Sondra K. Wilson, The Selected Writings of James Weldon Johnson, 2 vols. (Oxford University Press, 1995): WorldCat

William L. Andrews, Writings (NY: The Library of America): WorldCat

Sondra K. Wilson, Complete Poems (Paw Prints, 2008): WorldCat

Rudolph Byrd, The Essential Writings of James Weldon Johnson (Random House, 2011): WorldCat

The Songs of Cole and Johnson Brothers (NY: Edward B. Marks, 2015): WorldCat


James Weldon Johnson Collection, Yale University:

Life & Works:

Eugene Levy, James Weldon Johnson: Black Leader, Black Voice (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1973): WorldCat

Robert E. Fleming, James Weldon Johnson (Boston: Twayne, 1987): WorldCat

Kenneth M. Price & Lawrence J. Oliver, Critical Essays on James Weldon Johnson (New York: G. K. Hall, 1997): WorldCat

Noelle Morrissette. James Weldon Johnson’s Modern Soundscapes (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2013): WorldCat

Related Links:

James Weldon Johnson, Poetry Foundation:

James Weldon Johnson, Academy of American Poets:

James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference, Emory University:

Eugene Levy, “James Weldon Johnson,” American National Biography:

Edward A. Berlin, “James Weldon Johnson,” Grove Music Online:

See also:

John Rosamond Johnson