James Weldon Johnson: Negro Americans, What Now?

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Negro Americans, What Now? is a book-length political address by James Weldon Johnson to his fellow African Americans. Although Johnson is best known for his poetry and fiction, he served as an officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1916 to 1930 and was well acquainted with the social and political problems facing his race. The world-wide depression of the 1930s had seen the loss of many of the gains that the black race had made in the early twentieth century. Negro Americans, What Now? was intended to address current problems and to suggest some solutions. Johnson divided his short book into three sections: “Choices”, “Forces and Resources”, and “Techniques …

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Fleming, Robert E.. "Negro Americans, What Now?". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 October 2002
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