Sep. 10, 2017
Dr. Mordecai Johnson, In His Words, My Voice
In honor of Mordecai Johnson, President of Howard University, who passed to glory September 10, 1976, 41-years-ago today. I re-posted "In His Words, My Voice, The Faith of the American Negro. Dr. Mordecai Johnson was the very first African-American to have the post of President of Howard University. I know that he is watching as that great institution celebrates its 150th Anniversary in 2017.
One of the greatest educators this nation has ever produced Wyatt Mordecai Johnson was born in Paris, Tennessee in 1890. A lifelong educator, Johnson held degrees from a number of institutions including a 1911 A.B. from Morehouse College and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Howard University. Three years after his graduation from Howard he became the first African-American president of that institution and remained at the university’s helm for the next thirty-four years. In 1922, 32-year old Johnson was selected to be the commencement speaker at Harvard University.