James Weldon Johnson
Rev. Ed Lane, Sunday, February 5, 2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Ed Lane, preaching
Born just six years after the Civil War, Johnson was a poet, author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, musician, and civil rights activist. He and his brother, J. Rosamond Johnson created “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” in our hymnal. The brothers wrote more than 200 songs for the Broadway musical stage and edited two volumes of Negro Spirituals.
The NAACP was founded in 1909; Johnson joined it five years later and became its chief executive in 1920. He was a leading figure in the creation and development of the Harlem Renaissance, a 1920’s African-American cultural center, drawing black writers, artists, musicians, photographers, poets, and scholars.
One of his best-known books is God’s Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. Rev. Catie read some of it in a recent service here. The purpose of today’s service and sermon is to open the door and allow Johnson to speak for himself.
Children attend the first 15 minutes followed by Religious Exploration classes. Childcare available for infants and toddlers.
Senior Youth Group meets; time TBD.