The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man (James Weldon Johnson)

“Evil is a force and, like the physical and chemical forces, we cannot annihilate it; we may only change its form. We light upon one evil and hit it with all the might of our civilization, but only succeed in scattering it into a dozen of other forms”

“Evil is a force and, like the physical and chemical forces, we cannot annihilate it; we may only change its form. We light upon one evil and hit it with all the might of our civilization, but only succeed in scattering it into a dozen of other forms”

U.S.A. / 1912

JWJ was an author, lawyer, professor, diplomat and activist. He also participated in education programs for the formerly enslaved. His diplomatic duties took him from Venezuela to Nicaragua. He lived in Harlem during the Renaissance and wrote and compiled many poems in this period. He also published some non-fiction work, like a sociological study of Black people in Manhattan (1930). The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored man is, to be honest, kind of just a typical passing novel. However, it is really amazing that he was able to get a book published in 1912. Alfred A. Knopf picked it up in 1927, and it gained more exposure then. Basically, JWJ was a renaissance man with many quirky talents and interests!

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