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Joseph A. Johnson Jr.

Joseph A. Johnson Jr. (1914 – September 29, 1979) was an African-American theologian. He was a professor of New Testament on the Interdenominational Theological Center and Fisk University, and a bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi and Louisiana.

Johnson died on September 29, 1979 in Shreveport, at age 65.[4][5] He was buried in Lincoln Memorial Park, Shreveport.[1][5] In 1984, the Afro House on the campus of Vanderbilt University was renamed in his honor.[6][8] In 2018, his portrait by Simmie Knox was added to Kirkland Hall, the administration constructing.[10]

With his spouse Grace, Johnson had two sons and a daughter.[4] One of his sons, Joseph Johnson III, was a physicist and Professor on the Florida A&M University.[9]

Johnson was the second African American to serve board of belief of his alma mater, Vanderbilt University, from 1971 to 1979.[1][8] He additionally served on the boards of Tyler College and the Iliff School of Theology.[4]

Johnson authored six books.[6] In The Soul of the Black Preacher, he argued that Christianity was a liberating issue for African Americans.[7] Johnson labored on a brand new translation of the New Testament for 20 years.[2][4]

Johnson turned a bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in 1966.[3] By 1979, he was the presiding bishop of the Fourth Episcopal District in Mississippi and Louisiana.[3][4][5] Johnson served on the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.[1] He was additionally the chairman of the fee on theology of the National Committee of Black Churchmen and the fee on worship of the Consultation on Church Union.[1]

Johnson was a professor of New Testament on the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia.[1][2] In 1969, he turned a professor of New Testament at Fisk University.[1][2] He later turned a professor and finally the president of the Phillips School of Theology in Jackson, Tennessee.[1]

Johnson was educated on the Monroe Colored High School.[3] He attended Texas College in Tyler, Texas, adopted by the Iliff School of Theology.[3] He graduated from Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, the place he earned a bachelor’s degreee (B.D.- bachelor of Divinity which at the moment is a Masters of Divinity)in 1954 and a PhD in 1958, at age 44. He was the primary African American to graduate from the college.[1] He returned to the Iliff School of Theology, the place he earned a grasp’s diploma and a second PhD.[1]

Johnson was born in 1914 in Shreveport, Louisiana.[1][2] He grew up poor in a shotgun home.[3]

Lincoln Memorial Park, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.

Lincoln Memorial Park, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.

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