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Georgia Douglas Johnson
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Georgia Blanche Douglas Camp Johnson better known as Georgia Douglas Johnson (September 10, 1880 – May 14, 1966) was an American poet and a member of the Harlem Renaissance.

Contents
1 Early life and education 2 Marriage and family 3 Career 4 Major works 5 References 6 Citations 7 Additional reading Georgia Douglas Johnson

Early life and education

Johnson was born in Atlanta to Laura Douglas and George Camp[1] (her mother's last name is listed in other sources as Jackson).[2][3] Her mother was of African and Native American descent, and her father was of AfricanAmerican and English heritage.[3] Much of Johnson's childhood was spent in Rome, Georgia. She received her education in both Rome and Atlanta, where she excelled in reading, recitations and physical education. She also taught herself to play the violin, which developed into a lifelong love of music. Johnson graduated from Atlanta University's Normal School in 1896.[2] She taught school in Marietta, Georgia for a time, then returned to Atlanta to work as an assistant principal. Johnson then traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, to study piano, harmony, and voice. From 1902 to 1903, she attended the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.[2]

Marriage and family
On September 28, 1903, Johnson married Henry Lincoln Johnson, an Atlanta lawyer and prominent Republican party member. They had two sons, Henry Lincoln Johnson, Jr. and Peter Douglas Johnson (d. 1957).

Career
Johnson's husband accepted an appointment as the Recorder of Deeds from United States President William Howard Taft, and the family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1910.[2] It was during this period that Johnson began to write poems and stories. Johnson credits a poem written by William Stanley Braithwaite about a rose tended by a child, as her inspiration for her poems....
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