DescriptionJames Weldon Johnson Typed Letter Signed, "James W. Johnson". Two pages, 8.5" x 11", February 7, 1922, New York, New York, on National Association for the Advancement of Colored People stationery. The letter urges United States Senator Howard Sutherland to support federal legislation, the Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill, saying, "It is unnecessary to call your attention to the fact that the killing and burning alive of human beings by mobs in the United States is a reproach upon our country before the civilized world." Also included is an unsigned carbon copy of the senator's response on February 8, saying, "I expect to support this measure as I am sure all law-abiding citizens want to abolish lynching crimes in this country." Light toning on the edges of the Johnson letter and pin filing holes in the upper left corner of the carbon copy, else both are fine.
James Weldon Johnson was an American author, politician, diplomat, critic, journalist, poet, anthologist, educator, lawyer, songwriter, early civil rights activist, and prominent figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Johnson is best remembered for his writing, which includes novels, poems, and collections of folklore. He was also one of the first African-American professors at New York University. Later in life he was a professor of creative literature and writing at Fisk University.
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