As a community we are dismembered. Remembrance re-members a dismembered community. It is in remembering our past that we re-member our dismembered community. -Julius Johnson
Upon entering The Newberry Foundation and Research Center (NFRC), located in Hawkinsville, Georgia (Pulaski County), one is immediately immersed into the beautiful story of the trials and triumphs of African Americans in the United States. From the front door, you will be greeted by the sound of African drums beckoning you to enter into this building with open eyes and a willingness to learn of oneself. As the calling of the drums draws you closer, you are then met by the most charismatic museum guide that you may ever come into contact with- Mr. Julius Johnson.
With the ability to trace his ancestry to the early 1800’s, Mr. Johnson has taken his knowledge of his history and others in the town of Hawkinsville and has implemented it into the history that is taught in public schools throughout the United States. A New York native, Mr. Johnson speaks fondly of his many summers spent in Pulaski and Houston County, Georgia. These memories seem to be one of the many driving forces behind the success of NFRC and the plethora of endeavors that Mr. Johnson is actively involved with. A devoted husband and father of three sons, Mr. Johnson is a living testament of leading by example at home as well as in the community. As the founder and executive director of this wonderful museum, Mr. Johnson encourages both children and adults to delve deeper within themselves as well as their family ancestry. By offering a dynamic summer camp program to the youth of Pulaski County, Georgia, Mr. Johnson is taking steps to ensure that the education of one’s self is a continuous process.
Receiving his Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University in Government/African Studies, a Master’s degree from Yale in African Studies and currently gaining a Doctorate’s degree from Howard University in Philosophy/African Studies; Mr. Johnson has not only given of himself to the community of Pulaski County, but also to over 30 countries throughout the Middle East, East Africa and the world abroad. Equipped with a compelling personality, Mr. Johnson has taken this smorgasbord of experience and has transformed it into an effective change in his community.
“Change is not conceptual or abstract, it must be tangible. It must be seen.” – Julius Johnson
As the founder/executive director of NFRC, owner of an educational based community garden and real-estate investor; Mr. Johnson is now striving to add commissioner to his repertoire of greatness!
With a 5 year plan that will not only cultivate the youth of Pulaski County but redevelop the economic structure in urban communities as well, Mr. Johnson is determined to raise the frequency of awareness in his neighborhood. By implementing health programs, job training, mentorship programs, sister city programs and credit consolidation programs; Mr. Johnson’s desire to strengthen bonds and build awareness permeates throughout his campaign. Well aware that lip service and empty promises have left the urban community stagnant in many ways, Mr. Johnson stands firm on the belief that the best change is through action and involvement.
As election time rapidly approaches, Mr. Johnson remains zealous and buoyant in his many endeavors throughout the community. A true honor to sit in his presence, FindAWay is truly overjoyed to support the campaign of Mr. Julius Johnson!
To keep up with Mr. Johnson on the campaign trail follow him on twitter.com @NewberryFoundation or click any link within this post!
*Images courtesy of Mr. Julius Johnson