Quotations From JAMES WELDON JOHNSON

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  • 1.
    O black and unknown bards of long ago, How came your lips to touch the sacred fire?
    James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author, poet. "O Black and Unknown Bards," st. 1 (written c. 1907), publ. In Fifty Years and Other Poems (1917). Opening lines.

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  • 2.
    It is from the blues that all that may be called American music derives its most distinctive character.
    James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938), U.S. author, poet. Black Manhattan, ch. 11 (1930).

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