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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Red Beans, Rice, Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
You May Advocate Your Principles And You May Give Them Away, But Nobody Can Take Them Away From You.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1934
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
College President
University President

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Red Beans, Rice, Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Disney World
Favorite Quote:
You May Advocate Your Principles And You May Give Them Away, But Nobody Can Take Them Away From You.

Birthplace

Born:
9/16/1934
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Joseph Benjamin Johnson, the youngest of three children, was born September 16, 1934, in New Orleans, Louisiana to Lillie and Sidney. Johnson attended public school in New Orleans and went on to Grambling College to earn his B.S. in 1957. He later attended the University of Colorado at Boulder to earn an M.S. in 1967 and a Ph.D. in education in 1973. Johnson also did post-doctoral work at Harvard University.

Johnson started his educational career in 1962 as a high school teacher in Shreveport, Louisiana, moving on to Greenville Park High School a year later. In 1969, Johnson went to work as the assistant to the president of the University of Colorado, a position he held until 1977. in that year, he returned to his alma mater, Grambling State University, to become the president of the school. During his tenure, he reversed the trend in decreased enrollment and helped erase the school's debt. In 1991, Johnson left Grambling for Talladega College, a small liberal arts college. Once again, Johnson increased the school's revenue base before retiring in 1998.

In addition to his academic work, Johnson has served as a member of many organizations including the United Negro College Fund, the Commission on Leadership Development of the American Council of Education. He is also the past chairman of the Academic Advisory Committee of Black Entertainment Television, as well as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association President's Commission and the University of Colorado Board of Directors of the National Alumni Association. He has been honored with numerous awards, such as the Thurgood Marshall Educational Achievement Award and the Jewish Tree of Life Award. He has received honorary doctorates from Western Michigan University and the Gandhigram University of India, and an honorary doctor of laws degree from Grambling State University.

Johnson passed away on January 2, 2018 at age 83.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Joseph Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Joseph Johnson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Joseph Johnson describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Joseph Johnson describes his father, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Joseph Johnson describes his father, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Joseph Johnson describes his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Joseph Johnson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in New Orleans
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Joseph Johnson talks about his childhood activities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Joseph Johnson describes attending Lafone Elementary School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Joseph Johnson describes attending Booker T. Washington High School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Joseph Johnson talks about playing sports in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Joseph Johnson talks about being the first in his family to go to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Joseph Johnson describes the history of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Joseph Johnson describes Coach Eddie Robinson
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Joseph Johnson describes his grades at Grambling State University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Joseph Johnson describes his activities at Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Joseph Johnson describes teaching in Shreveport, Louisiana and serving in the U.S. Army
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Joseph Johnson describes attending the University of Colorado for graduate school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Joseph Johnson describes his decision to become president of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Joseph Johnson recalls addressing fiscal problems as president of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Joseph Johnson describes improving facilities and recruiting faculty as president of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Joseph Johnson shares stories from his time as president of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Joseph Johnson describes his fundraising efforts for Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Joseph Johnson describes his fundraising efforts for Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Joseph Johnson describes the finances of black colleges
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Joseph Johnson talks about the importance of extracurricular activities to a college's reputaton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Joseph Johnson talks about Grambling State University's accreditation troubles
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Joseph Johnson describes his accomplishments at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Joseph Johnson talks about the future of black colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Joseph Johnson describes the cultural mission of black colleges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Joseph Johnson describes his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Joseph Johnson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Joseph Johnson talks about his lack of regrets in life
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Joseph Johnson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Joseph Johnson narrates his photographs