Friday, April 18, 2014

Bronze : A Book of Verses by Georgia Douglas Johnson (1922)

Georgia Douglas Johnson

Georgia Douglas Johnson was born on September 10, 1880 in Atlanta, Georgia to Laura Douglass and George Camp.  Johnson grew up primarily in Rome, Georgia, however she received education in Rome as well as in Atlanta.  Johnson attended and graduated from Atlanta University’s Normal School in 1896, and she began teaching in Marietta Georgia.  After some time Johnson returned to Atlanta where she was hired as an assistant principal.  Johnson moved to Cleveland, Ohio to study piano, harmony, and voice and from 1902-1903 she attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  On September 28, 1903 Georgia Douglass Johnson married Lincoln Johnson who was a lawyer in Atlanta and a respected member of the Republican party.

In 1922 she republished her second book of poetry entitled “Bronze” with a foreword by W.E.B DuBois, who was a harsh critique.  After Douglass Johnson’s second book of poetry  established her as the most widely published of Black women poets during the Harlem Renaissance.

Author: Johnson, Georgia Douglas Camp, 1886-1966; Daniel Murray Collection
(Library of Congress) DLC
Subject: African American women; African Americans
Publisher: Boston : B.J. Brimmer Co.
Possible copyright status: The Library of Congress
is unaware of any copyright restrictions for this item.
Language: English
Call number: 9663526
Digitizing sponsor: Sloan Foundation
Book contributor: The Library of Congress
Collection: library_of_congress; americana

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Dunbar Speaker and Entertainer, (1920)

containing the best prose and poetic selections by and about the Negro race, with programs arranged for special entertainments.

Author: Dunbar-Nelson, Alice Moore, 1875-1935; Hill, Leslie Pinckney, 1880-1960
Subject: American literature; African Americans
Publisher: Naperville, Ill., J. L. Nichols & Co
Year: 1920
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language: English

Native African Races and Culture (1927)

James Weldon Johnson left us more than poetry.

We are glad to add to the Occasional Papers published by the
Trustees of the John F. Slater Fund this brief treatment of a
large and difficult subject. It seems to me that Dr. Johnson has
handled the matter not only clearly and concisely but very interest-
In spite of the increasing number of publications the general
ignorance of most of us in America in regard to Africa is as
dense and dark as the great Continent was once supposed to be.
I know how great was my ignorance of the history and present
conditions of the Negro Peoples of Africa until a visit and con-
sequent readings brought me some knowledge and many surprises.
This publication is issued in the hope that it will help to increase
or correct our knowledge and widen our view of a story which
may be said to branch over to America.
July, 1927. 
Author: Johnson, James Weldon, 1871-1938
Subject: Ethnology -- Africa; Africa -- Civilization
Publisher: [Charlottesville, Va.]
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT
Language: English

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bill Cosby - Negro History Lost, Stolen or Strayed - (documentary)

Some people tend to be hard on Bill Cosby for some of the things he has said and done but I'm inclined to believe that if we balance the positive Bill, against the negative Bill, we'll end up on the plus side. 
In this 1960s film he exposes some "Black History" facts.