For every custom there is some sort of a reason. Then if it is the custom generally to ignore or not to accord recognition to the writer of the words to a musical composition on what reason is the custom founded?
James Weldon Johnson
James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was one of the United States’ best known African American civil rights leaders and literary artists. The first African American to pass the Florida Bar exam, and author of “Life Every Voice and Sing,” he won international praise as a journalist, playwright, poet, diplomat, novelist and songwriter.
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The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.