Harry Johnson, President and CEO of the MLK Foundation is May Commencement Speaker


Harry JohnsonHarry E. Johnson, Sr. President and Chief Executive Officer for the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. will be the keynote speaker and  for the May 12, 2012 commencement and will receive an honorary degree. The line-up begins at 9:30 a.m.

Johnson received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Southern University where he was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Student Bar Association.  He also taught at Texas Southern University in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, and Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs.

 A Partner at the Law Office of Glenn and Johnson, he served as City Attorney for Kendelton, Texas from 1996 – 1999. Johnson is also a small business owner who has dedicated his time to community groups and issues, such as voter registration, blood donations, HIV/AIDS, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers.

Johnson has received a number of recognitions for his public service and was named in Ebony Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Black Americans”, 2001 – 2004.

Harry E. Johnson, Sr. has led the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation as President and CEO since 2002. The President of the United States and the U.S. Congress charged the MLK Foundation with erecting a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under Johnson's leadership, the MLK Memorial Foundation has raised $109 million of the $120 million needed to complete the memorial; positioned three boards (Executive Leadership Cabinet, Governing Board and Honorary Board) for the foundation; and garnered support from all living U.S. Presidents, Congress, members of the corporate and nonprofit communities, and celebrities.