Georgia douglas johnson
- Johnson was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1880.
- She attended and graduated from Atlanta University Normal College and went on to study music at the Cleveland College of Music and Oberlin Conservatory.
- Once she graduated, she worked as an assistant principal until she moved to Washington, D.C. with her husband in 1910.
- Her house, which soon became well known as South Street Salon was an incredibly important meeting place for Harlem Renaissance writers in D.C..
- Johnson traveled widely reading her poetry in the 1920s and received an honorary doctorate in literature from Atlanta University in 1965, one year before she died in 1966.
- Over the course of her life, she wrote The Heart of a Woman in 1918, Bronze in 1922, An Autumn Love Cycle in 1928, and Share My World in 1962.
Why is this Important to her career?
During the 1920's women began to prosper. Attending college for women became more common as women quickly joined the work force doing jobs most commonly done by men.
Being able to get a higher education allowed her to improve her English and poetry skills. Traveling gave her the experience and inspiration for some of her poetry.
Being a woman led her to write poems like "My little dreams." When she felt she couldn't accomplish her goals and upon getting married she wrote, "I want to die while you love me."
This poem also symbolized her dedication towards women's rights and the ability to speak of one's love life in literature. Her awards made her a significant and known poet in American and she is still honored to this day.