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Helene Johnson (July 7, 1906 – July 6, 1995) was an African-American poet who was active in the Harlem Renaissance era. She was born in Boston and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts. Shortly after her birth, her father left, leaving her to be raised by her mother, Ella, and grandfather, Benjamin Benson, who was born into slavery.
Helene Johnson grew up surrounded by her mother and aunts, a group of strong women who later influenced her distinctive voice in poetry. She was also the cousin of novelist and short-story writer Dorothy West. Read More→