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Books ➔ Book, Negro Americans, What Now?

Johnson, James Weldon. Negro Americans, What Now? New York: Viking Press, 1934. 

Negro Americans, What Now? was written by James Weldon Johnson and was published by Viking Press in 1934. 
7.75"" h 5.5"" w .75"" d
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Museum School Programs
Changing America (May 25 – October 13 2019)

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, examines the relationship between two great people’s movements, which both grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision. One hundred years separate them, yet they are linked in a larger story of liberty and the American experience – one that has had a profound impact on the generations that followed. 

The GRPM added artifacts and stories to the exhibition to give it an additional local perspective. In addition to artifacts from the GRPM Collections, many artifacts on display are on loan from the Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives. Local stories are told through the eyes of our community in the form of oral histories and a place for visitors to share their own stories.

Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863 and the March on Washington, 1963 was created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson was born on June 17th, 1871 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was an author, songwriter, civil rights activist, and lawyer. He was a leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and he was known for his poems and novels. Johnson was the first African American professor to be hired at New York University and later became a professor at Fist University. He married civil rights activist Grace Nail in 1910. Some of his most notable works are The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, Black Manhattan, and God's Trombones: Seven Negro Sermons in Verse. Johnson passed away in 1938. 
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