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Georgia Douglas Johnson
“Tomorrow’s World”
music by Lillian Evanti
1948
James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection

In addition to prose, poetry, and plays, Georgia Douglas Johnson composed song lyrics. “Tomorrow’s World” is, as the subtitle states, "dedicated to world peace." Written in the years following World War II, some of the lyrics read:

  Why should we follow brazen drums
Into the flames of war;
Since we are brothers of one blood,
What are we fighting for?
Respond, before the atom bomb
Blasts out humanity,
Grinding to ashes all the world
In bitter mockery.


On April 15, 1948, the lyrics of the song were read aloud on the floor of the U.S. Senate and printed in the Congressional Record of that date.

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