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Encyclopedia > Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

Mordecai Wyatt Johnson (1890 - 1976) was a U.S. educator. He served as the first black president of Howard University from 1926 until 1959.


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African American Registry: Educator Mordecai Johnson influenced MLK Jr. (347 words)
Wyatt Mordecai Johnson was born in Paris, Tennessee, the son of a former slave.
Although, Wyatt was Mordecai's first name, Carolyn chose Mordecai as his middle name because she took great inspiration from the role that Mordecai played in rescuing his people.
She also believed his life's journey, like that of biblical Mordecai, would be strongly associated with the welfare of his people and a lifelong mission of speaking peace to all people.
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