Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Eta Psi Sigma Chapter

Bro James Weldon Johnson

Bro. James Weldon Johnson, who was a songwriter, poet, novelist, journalist, anthologist educator, lawyer, and civil right leader, was blessed with an eclectic set of talents. He is most know for his works as a leader in the NAACP, poems and novels written during the era of Harlem Renaissance, and being the co- author of the poem(hymm) “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. Theodore Roosevelt appointed Johnson as US consul at Puerto Cabello, Venezuela from 1906–1908 and then Nicaragua from 1909–1913., and during his stay in Hispanic America he completed his most famous book The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. 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. “Labor is the dabbled magician’s wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune.”