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A career lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant, Harry E. Johnson (b. in St. Louis, Missouri, United States), is a partner at the Law Office of Glenn and Johnson in Houston, Texas. He served as City Attorney for Kendelton, Texas from 1996 to 1999, and taught at Texas Southern University in both the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and School of Public Affairs from 1994 to 1999. Johnson is a former National President of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and is the President and CEO of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

Harry E. Johnson
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
EducationJuris Doctor
Alma materThurgood Marshall School of Law
Years active2001-present
Known for31st General President of Alpha Phi Alpha, President and CEO, Washington, DC, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Monument
Home townHouston, Texas, United States
ChildrenJennifer, Harry Jr. and Nicholas


Johnson received his Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University of Louisiana in May 1986 and completed Post Baccalaureate work in Public Administration at St. Louis University from 1981 to 1982. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May 1986 from Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law,[1] where he was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Student Bar Association, Senior Class President, and Phi Alpha Delta President. He also attended Christian Brothers College High School of St. Louis, Missouri.

Presidency of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.Edit

Johnson has been the President and CEO of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. since 2002. The President of the United States and the U.S. Congress charged the 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 foundation has raised more than $112 million of the $120 million needed to complete the memorial but saved $8 million by having the memorial made in China; 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. Johnson oversaw the Memorial through to its dedication on August 28, 2011.[2]

Presidency of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternityEdit

From 2001 to 2004, Johnson served as the 31st National President of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.[1][3] Johnson was not only the youngest person elected to the position of National President in 40 years, but was also elected with the highest margin of any president in 20 years. While in this role, Johnson oversaw over 700 chapters located throughout the United States and abroad; increased the number of chapters in good standing; and was credited with enhancing the national image of the organization with fraternity members, business leaders and political officials.

Distinctions, honors and awardsEdit

Johnson has received a number of recognitions for his community involvement and public service, including:

  • Trumpet Awards, President’s Award, 2011
  • National Service Award, Diplomatic Core, Washington, D.C., 2007
  • Trailblazer Award, NAACP, Missouri City Branch, 2004
  • One Hundred Black Men, Community Service Award, 2004
  • Ebony Magazine, 100 Most Influential Black Americans, 2001–2004
  • Fraser Power Networking panelist, 2003
  • National Leadership Award, Delta Sigma Theta, 2002
  • Ensemble Theater, Father of the Year, 2002
  • Congressional Black Caucus Panelist, 2002
  • Alumnus of the Year, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 1995

Community involvementEdit

Johnson has dedicated his time to many community groups and issues, including voter registration, blood donations, birth defects and teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, the National Marrow Donor Program, and the National Blood Drive, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers of America.

Additional affiliationsEdit


  1. ^ a b "Harry Johnson". The Smiley Group. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved January 17, 2010.
  2. ^ Donna M. Owen, The Baltimore Sun, August 22, 2011.
  3. ^ "Martin Luther King, Jr". Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Eta Lambda chapter. Archived from the original on October 16, 2008. Retrieved January 16, 2010.

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Preceded by
Adrian L. Wallace
General President of Alpha Phi Alpha
Succeeded by
Darryl R. Matthews