James Weldon Johnson Poems

James Weldon Johnson was an influential Black author. He is also remembered as a civil rights leader and a novelist. His works included God’s Trombones and The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man. He is responsible for bringing a great deal of Black music, poetry, and other arts into the public spotlight. Read more of James Weldon Johnson.

Mother Night

by James Weldon Johnson

‘Mother Night’ by James Weldon Johnson describes a speaker’s optimistic and comforting beliefs in regards to what is waiting after death.


by James Weldon Johnson

In ‘Sonnet’ Johnson explores themes of motivation, fear, and courage. The tone is optimistic throughout, even when the mood is

The Creation

by James Weldon Johnson

‘The Creation’ is one of the famous poems by James Weldon Johnson, an American writer, and civil rights activist. This poem depicts the story of Genesis in a pellucid manner.

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