Dr. Joseph Johnson
Dr. Joseph Johnson received a Bachelor of Science degree from Edward Waters College in 1947 and an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Bethune-Cookman College. He was the first African American appointed to the Classical Music Board at the University of North Florida.
During his professional career, he worked for 30 years with the Duval County Juvenile Detention Center and the Department of HRS. He served as chairman of the Jacksonville Concerned Citizens for Passenger Decorum and worked closely with the Jacksonville Transportation Authority.
He is the ultimate volunteer, a poet, lyricist, and teacher. He has devoted more than 70 years of his life to teaching young people about Black History. It has been his lifelong passion to help disadvantaged youth have pride in themselves and in their history. Through his tutorial program and performing arts classes, many of his young protégées have become actors.
Throughout his life of service, Dr. Johnson has accomplished much and crossed paths with many civic leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Congressman Walter Fauntroy, Marian Anderson, and Bill Cosby.