From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Johnson, John J.

(born: 1945  -  died: ) 

From Franklin, KY, John J. Johnson became the youngest NAACP chapter president in Kentucky at the age of 17. During his tenure, the Franklin Chapter of the NAACP prevented the town of Franklin from employing the former chief of police from Philadelphia, Mississippi, where three civil rights workers were murdered. Johnson was state president of the NAACP for 14 years, leaving Kentucky to join the national NAACP office. John Johnson Street in Franklin, KY, is named in his honor. Johnson was born in Louisville, KY, grew up in Franklin, and lived in Baltimore, MD. In 2007, Johnson became the executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. For more information, see Hall of Fame 2005 on the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights website; the John J. Johnson Biography at the HistoryMakers website; and KET's "Connections with Renee Shaw" - #312: John J. Johnson.

  See John J. Johnson at the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame website


Access InterviewRead more about the John J. Johnson recordings available at the University of Kentucky Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, item records in the SPOKE Database.      


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