John Rosamond Johnson
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, August 11, 1873
Died in New York City, New York, November 11, 1954
Lift Every Voice and Sing
John Rosamond Johnson, (1873-1954) was a composer and singer who set the lyrics of āLift Every Voice and Singā to music. He left the South with his brother, James Weldon Johnson, and moved to New York City in the early 1900ās. Along with composer Bob Cole, the brothers had success on Broadway. J.R. composed and sang in operettas and musicals which featured Black artist and also toured with Vaudeville groups and with his own ensembles.