John Rosamond Johnson

11 August 1873–11 November 1954

Featured Hymns:

Lift every voice and sing

Published Collections:

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

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

Shout Songs (1936)

Rolling Along in Song: a Chronological Survey of American Negro Music (1937): WorldCat

Sixteen New Negro Spirituals (1939): WorldCat

The Album of Negro Spirituals (1940): WorldCat


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


J. Rosamond Johnson Papers, Yale University:

J. Rosamond Johnson portrait collection, New York Public Library, Schomburg Center:

Life & Works:

James Weldon Johnson, Along This Way (NY: Viking Press, 1933): WorldCat

Thomas Yenser, Who’s Who in Colored America: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Persons of African Descent in America, 1941 to 1944 (Brooklyn: Yenser 1942): WorldCat

J. Lovell Jr., “J. Rosamond Johnson,” Dictionary of American Negro Biography, Rayford Logan & Michael R. Winston, eds. (New York, 1982): WorldCat

Eileen Southern, The Music of Black Americans: A History (New York, 1971; 3rd Edition, 1997): WorldCat

K. Sotiropoulos, Staging Race: Black Performers in Turn of the Century America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard, 2006): WorldCat

Related Links:

Sandra Jean Graham, “John Rosamond Johnson,” Grove Music Online:

University of California Santa Barbara, Cylinder Audio Archive:

Lia C. Gerken, “John Rosamond Johnson,” Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology:

See also:

James Weldon Johnson