His voice was soft, but commanding. His presence understated, but unmistakable.
As those who knew him described six decades of devotion to Detroit, civil rights leader Arthur L. Johnson was laid to rest Saturday — his 86th birthday — before hundreds of supporters.
Johnson, who came to Detroit in 1950 to help the city’s fledgling branch of the NAACP grow, died Tuesday of complications related to 12 years of Parkinson’s disease.
For the full article, see Megha Satyanarayana, “Arthur L. Johnson: Civil rights champion’s legacy lives on“, Detroit Free Press, November 5, 2011.
For another, see Cassandra Spratling, “Arthur Johnson, a civil rights icon and comrade of Martin Luther King Jr., dies at 85”, Detroit Free Press, November 2, 2011.