Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man - by James Weldon Johnson

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The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
- by James Weldon Johnson
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man is a 1912 novel by James Weldon Johnson, an early black writer.  It is a story of a man crossing the color line.(US Edition)  (UK Edition)  

He starts his schooling as a white boy in an integrated classroom.
I shall never forget how she turned on me. "Don't you ever use that word again," she said, "and don't you ever bother the colored children at school. You ought to be ashamed of yourself." I did hang my head in shame, not because she had convinced me that I had done wrong, but because I was hurt by the first sharp word she had ever given me.
It is well written and provocative:
I became interested in the life of Christ, but became impatient and disappointed when I found that, notwithstanding the great power he possessed, he did not make use of it when, in my judgment, he most needed to do so. And so my first general impression of the Bible was what my later impression has been of a number of modern books, that the authors put their best work in the first part, and grew either exhausted or careless toward the end.
I think you will find this work is sustained right straight through.

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