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Paul Laurence Dunbar, Li'l' Gal

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(1873-1954) Composer, Conductor, Actor. He studied at the New Emgland Conservatory in Boston. The NAACP adopted his tune "Lift Up Ev'ry Voice and Sing" as "the Negro national anthem.” Johnson toured as a vocalist with the company of Oriental America. Later he teamed up with Cole and they wrote and published more than 200 songs together with Brother James Weldon joining them later. In 1912, Oscar Hammerstein appointed Johnson as musical director of the Grand Opera House in London. In New York he and his wife started the Music School Settlement for Colored People. In 1935 Johnson appeared in what would become the classical musical Porgy and Bess.