Oct. 17, 2017
Saluting The Mecca 150 Years of Ultimate Black Excellence
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.
Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, who lead as the President of Howard University from 1926 to 1960. It was during turbulent years when the major portion of great migration of blacks from the Jim Crow southern states, the return of Black GI's who fought valiantly to ensure democracy from fascism's deadly grip, the oppression of blacks seeking guaranteed constitutional rights by white supremacy throughout America, the magnificent Harlem Renaissance peaked, the fight for justice in the courts for blacks seeking civil rights truly caught on with a fervor, and when black Americans decided that enough injustice was enough.
These eventful years Dr. Johnson, as Howard's first black President proved his worth as a leader in the cause of black equality. He ensured that the students were given direct access to those leading the cause for freedom. His professors were leading the advocacy of black freedom from Howard's classrooms as well as delivering impactful support nationwide. Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson could have easily passed as white and turned his back and ignored white oppression but first and foremost, Dr. Johnson dedicated his life's mission to his people's uplift. That is why I bring to you this afternoon, in his words, my voice Dr. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson. As I continue to bring salutations to THE HOWARD UNIVERSITY.