(June 17, 1871–June 26, 1938)
|1871||Born to James and Helen Louise Dillet Johnson on June 17, in Jacksonville, Florida.|
|1884||Makes trip to New York City.|
|1886||Meets Frederick Douglass in Jacksonville.|
|1887||Graduates from Stanton School, Jacksonville. Enters Atlanta University Preparatory Division.|
|1890||Graduates from Atlanta University Preparatory Division. Enters Atlanta University's freshman class.|
|1891||Teaches school in Henry County, Georgia, during the summer following his freshman year.|
|1892||Wins Atlanta University Oratory Prize for "The Best Methods of Removing the Disabilities of Caste from the Negro."|
|1893||Meets Paul Laurence Dunbar at the Chicago World's Fair.|
|1894||Receives B.A. degree with honors from Atlanta University. Delivers valedictory speech, "The Destiny of the Human Race." Tours New England with the Atlanta University Quartet for three months. Is appointed principal of Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida, the largest African-American public school in the state.|
|1895||Founds the Daily American, an afternoon daily serving Jacksonville's black population.|
|1896||Expands Stanton School to high school status, making it the first public high school for blacks in the state of Florida.|
|1898||Becomes the first African American to be admitted to the Florida bar.|
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Publication information: Book title: In Search of Democracy: The NAACP Writings of James Weldon Johnson, Walter White, and Roy Wilkins (1920-1977). Contributors: Sondra Kathryn Wilson - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 9.
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