November 30, 2008 |
The Essential Writings of James Weldon Johnson Edited and with an introduction by Rudolph P. Byrd Modern Library: 322 pp., $15 paper This collection of poetry, fiction, criticism, autobiography, political writing and two unpublished plays by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) spans 60 years of pure triumph over adversity. Johnson, born nine years after the Emancipation Proclamation, wrote during what Charles Johnson in his foreword calls "the most entrenched period of American apartheid -- the 1920s and '30s," through the Great Depression, through the "rise of racial eugenics, and black lynchings throughout the South."
August 11, 2006 |
Charles Johnson could tell there was something wrong with the news photo the minute he saw it. Something about the three plumes of black smoke rising over the buildings -- smoke just doesn't curl that way, pirouetting in unison. It was, he wrote Saturday, "blatant evidence of manipulation." He was right on target. The Reuters photo showing the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike on Beirut was doctored.
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June 19, 2006 |
Charles Johnson, 96, a former Negro League player who was credited with helping to pave the way for blacks to play in the major leagues, died Saturday of complications from prostate cancer. After his playing career, Johnson worked to push major league baseball to offer pensions to former Negro League players. He also won an anti-discrimination lawsuit against Illinois Central Railroad in the mid-1960s after he was turned down for a special agent position, said his friend Steve Kirby.
February 27, 2005 |
With a National Book Award, MacArthur Fellowship and Writers Guild Award for screenwriting to his credit, Charles Johnson is among the most-lauded writers in America. The American Academy of Arts and Letters gave him its prestigious award in 2002, praising his short stories for ingeniously braiding "history, philosophy, and imagination in making postmodern fiction of the highest order." The eight stories comprising "Dr.
November 17, 2002 |
Catcher Charles Johnson reversed his decision and approved a trade to the Colorado Rockies, his agent said Saturday, clearing the way for a six-player deal that sends left-hander Mike Hampton to the Florida Marlins. Hampton might not stay in Florida for long. A lawyer familiar with the situation told Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the Marlins were working on a deal that would send Hampton to the Atlanta Braves.
December 4, 2001 |
Faced with a deadline Monday to decide whether to become a free agent, catcher Charles Johnson opted to remain with the Florida Marlins, even though the team has no manager, no general manager and an owner who is trying to sell the club. Johnson, 30, has four years and $30 million remaining on a $35-million, five-year contract. * John Franco, the New York Mets' primary setup man, had surgery to remove scar tissue in his elbow.