Happy birthday, Mordecai Wyatt Johnson (Jan. 4, 1890 – Sept. 10, 1976)! ‪#‎Baptist‬ minister. ‪#‎Pacifist‬. Educator. Civil rights activist. First African-American president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. It was Dr. Johnson who introduced a young Martin Luther King, Jr., to the principles of Gandhian nonviolent resistance. In 1950, when King was barely 21 years old, he went to Fellowship House in Philadelphia (located at 1431 Brown Street) to hear Dr. Johnson speak about his recent trip to India. King found Johnson’s message “so profound and electrifying” that he immediately went out and bought half a dozen books on Gandhi. Johnson died at the age of 86 in Washington, D.C. Buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland.
~The Marginal Mennonite Society Heroes Series.