Gradie L. Johnson

NAACP, Mississippi, Illinois
Current Residence: Chicago, IL

I was born on a cotton plantation near Money Miss. I grew up with the sons of Rev. Mose Wright, the uncle of Emmit Till, [with] whom I swim, playball, and all the other things teenage boys did in the summer of 1955. After his death, there were much unrest, so my Grandmother [thought] it was best that I go to Chicago to live with my mother. In chicago in the late 50s and early 60s there [were] protests over school conditions. Benjamin Welles was school Superintendent and trailer school [rooms] was the issue, so me and Grandpa took up signs and marched, and that was the start of a life grassroots work that is still on going.


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