Famous People Born on June 17
James Weldon Johnson
Scholar, Civil Rights Activist, Songwriter, Diplomat, Journalist / 1871 - 1938
James Weldon Johnson was an African-American writer, politician, educator and lawyer. He was also an early civil rights activist and leader of the NAACP.
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky
Songwriter, Conductor, Pianist / 1882 - 1971
Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky was a Russian composer best known as one of the most influential composers in the twentieth century for ballets such as The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring.
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profile name: Barry Manilow profile occupation: Songwriter, Singer
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