Official Press Statement from Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony; Detroit Branch NAACP Celebrates the Life of Dr. Arthur Johnson

Nov 01, 2011, 22:50 ET from Detroit Branch NAACP

DETROIT, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Detroit Branch NAACP extends sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of Dr. Arthur Johnson.  Dr. Johnson was certainly a very significant part of this community.  As a student at Wayne State University I appreciated his work as Vice President of Wayne State during the very turbulent late 60s and 70s.  This was at a time when Wayne State was going through the many challenges from African Americans who recognized that they too had both rights and privileges as a central part of the university life.  This was a key era as it relates to the cultural and political empowerment being demanded by African Americans in the city of Detroit and quite frankly all over this nation.  This was immediately following the rebellion in 1967.  Dr. Johnson was in the center of that very intense period in our city and nation's history.  He and Dr. Noah Brown Jr., Richard "Dick" Simmons and Chuck Gordon to name just a few were a part of the critical movement of black students at the university level.  

His tenure as both the Executive Secretary and then President of Detroit Branch NAACP were marked by both great strides and great challenges.  In particular I'm gratified that Dr. Johnson will always serve as a very important and transforming part of NAACP history in this community.  

Our prayers will continue to be with his family and we will hold his memory as a blessing to our organization.  

SOURCE Detroit Branch NAACP