Tuesday, January 17, 2006

James Weldon Johnson honored; was first Negro Leagues curve ball sensation


James Weldon Johnson, the entertainer, poet, diplomat, essayist and civil rights activist, was also the first Negro Leagues player to master the curve ball. He played for the Cuban Giants before embarking on his remarkable other careers.

Several passages from his essays, including "Watching the White Man Play," "Under the Dome of the Capitol" and "Comment Here and There," were read during the annual MLK day events in Sheffield, Massachusetts yesterday. Johnson's composition "Lift Every Voice and Sing", which he wrote in 1900 was also sung. [more]

photo courtesy University of Virginia

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