May 17, 2021
Reverend Peter Johnson is a prominent civil rights leader and one of the last living links to MLK. In 1963, Johnson began working for the Congress of Racial Equality as a student and participated in civil rights protests across the South, including campaigns in Birmingham, Selma, and the March on Washington. Johnson went on to work for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta, alongside icons including Andrew Young, Bernard Lafayette, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1969, Johnson moved to Dallas, TX, on a temporary assignment for the SCLC, but chose to stay and work with the city’s low-income residents. Johnson remains an active champion for human rights as he continues to promote civil rights law, youth empowerment, and a more just community.