How’s This For a Resume’?

One of the hymns we will be singing this coming Sunday is “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Coincidentally, June 17 is also the birthday of the hymn’s lyricist, James Weldon Johnson. I have been seeing this name for years, but I didn’t know anything about the man until today. Here is a very abbreviated list of his accomplishments: Songwriting collaboration with his brother J. Rosamund Johnson (including success on Broadway), author and poet, United States Consul to Venezuela and Nicaragua, executive secretary of the NAACP, professor, lawyer, supporter of the arts. He even had a U.S. Postage stamp issued in his honor.

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