James Weldon Johnson Reading
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLOURED MAN BY JAMES WELDON
JOHNSON (CHAPTER 10)
• "I will change my name, raise a moustache, and let the world take me as it
• "Negro question"
• "to catch the spirit of the Negro in his relatively primitive state"
• discusses "Negro Question" with an educated Black man while on the ship
• continues this discussion with Texan and Northerners in train compartment
• change in opportunities for Blacks relies on the Whites changing their attitudes
• seeks to learn about Blacks in the South
◦ but discouraged by the lack of education and their poverty
• sees a lynching taking place
• leaves, because he will always be considered inferior in the South, heading
back to NY