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Leroy Johnson (1928-2019)

@ New Georgia Encyclopedia

Crawford, Tom


Encyclopedia article about Leroy Johnson, a prominent attorney and civic leader, who in 1962 became the first African American to be elected to the Georgia General Assembly since the end of the Reconstruction era. Mr. Johnson graduated from Morehouse College and Atlanta University and earned his law degree from North Carolina Central University. He taught social science in the Atlanta school system from 1950-1954 and in 1957 became the first African American hired by the Fulton County Solicitor General's office. He also served as advisor to Atlanta's civil rights movement in the 1960s, was a candidate for mayor of Atlanta in 1973, and was active in community affairs.The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

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