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By James Weldon Johnson

2000 marks the centenary of "Lift each Voice and Sing," James Weldon Johnson's most renowned lyric, that is now embraced because the Negro nationwide Anthem. In occasion, this Penguin unique collects all of the poems from Johnson's released works—Fifty Years and different Poems (1917), God's Trombones (1927), and Saint Peter Relates an Incident of the Resurrection Day (1935)—along with a couple of formerly unpublished poems.

Sondra Kathryn Wilson, the most important authority on Johnson and his paintings, presents an advent that sheds mild on Johnson's many achievements and his pioneering contributions to recording and celebrating the African American experience.

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking global. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through heritage and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the sequence to supply authoritative texts greater by means of introductions and notes via special students and modern authors, in addition to updated translations through award-winning translators. 

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