Johnson, Mordecai W.

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African American minister and educator; president of Howard University (1926-1960).

From the description of Papers, 1913-1976. (Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center). WorldCat record id: 70941398

  • 1890 January 12: Born to Carolyn Freeman and Wyatt Johnson in Paris, Tennessee
  • 1911: Received Bachelor of Arts degree from Atlanta Baptist [later Morehouse] College
  • 1911 - 1913 : Taught English at Atlanta Baptist College
  • 1913: Received Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago
  • 1913 - 1916 : Served as Pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Mumford, NY
  • 1916: Ordained as a Baptist minister
  • 1916: Married Anna Ethelyn Gardner; five children
  • 1916 - 1917 : Worked as a student secretary of the International Committee of the Y.M.C.A.
  • 1917 - 1926 : Served as Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Charleston, West Virginia
  • 1920: Received Bachelor of Divinity degree from Rochester Theological Seminary
  • 1922: Received Master of Sacred Theology degree from Harvard University; Delivered graduation speech, The Faith of the American Negro
  • 1926 - 1960 : Served as President of Howard University
  • 1929: Awarded the N.A.A.C.P.'s Spingarn Medal
  • 1959: Served as a delegate to the Atlantic Congress
  • 1962 - 1965 : Served as a member of the D.C. Board of Education
  • 1970 April: Married Alice Taylor King
  • 1973 September 6: Dedication of the Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Building at Howard University
  • 1976 September 10: Died in Washington, DC. Buried in Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, Suitland, Maryland

Source: Mordecai Johnson Papers, Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University, Box 178-16, Writings about Mordecai Johnson

From the guide to the Mordecai Johnson Papers, 1913-1976, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Logan, Rayford Whittingham, 1897-1982. Rayford Whittingham Logan papers, 1925-1982. Library of Congress
referencedIn Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979 Houghton Library
referencedIn Enit Kaufman, American Portraits, Papers, TXRC99-A1., 1914-1958 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967. Claude A. Barnett papers, 1918-1967 (bulk 1928-1963). Chicago History Museum
referencedIn Glueck, Sheldon, 1896-1990. Papers, 1916-1972 Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn South Carolina Council on Human Relations. Records, 1934-1976. University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Miller, Emma Guffey, 1874-1970. Papers, 1833-1975 (bulk: 1884-1972) Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
creatorOf Mordecai Johnson Papers, 1913-1976 Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
referencedIn Louis C. Cramton Papers, ca. 1865-1966, 1916-1965 Bentley Historical Library , University of Michigan
creatorOf Howard University. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1928-1977. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Miller, Emma Guffey, 1874-1970. Papers: Series I-II, 1833-1975 (inclusive). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Jenkins, Martin David, 1904-. Martin David Jenkins collection, 1938-1978. Morgan State University
referencedIn Penn School Papers, 1862-2004 and undated, (bulk 1862-1978) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Johnson, Mordecai W. (Mordecai Wyatt), 1890-1976. Papers, 1913-1976. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Slowe, Lucy Diggs, 1885-1937. Lucy Diggs Slowe papers, 1919-1943. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Kaufman, Enit, 1908?-1961. American Portraits Papers, 1914-1958 (bulk 1940-1944). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Rayford Whittingham Logan Papers, 1925-1982 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Cramton, Louis C. (Louis Convers), b. 1875. Louis Convers Cramton papers, 1896-1966. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
creatorOf Jesse Edward Moorland Papers, ca. 1790-ca. 1939 Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Hayes, George E. C. (George Edward Chalmers), 1894-1968. Papers, 1911-1968. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Johnson, William N., 1869-1954. Papers, 1890-1977. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn William LePre Houston family papers, 1777-1936 Library of Congress
referencedIn William LePre Houston Family Papers, 1777-1936, (bulk 1890-1936) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Logan, Rayford Whittingham, 1897-. Papers, 1925-1982. Library of Congress
referencedIn Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951. Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976 (bulk: 1924-1951) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Kittrell, Flemmie P. (Flemmie Pansy), 1904-1980. Papers, 1924-1980. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
referencedIn Walter Francis White and Poppy Cannon papers Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Barnett, Claude, 1889-1967. person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Burroughs, Nannie Helen, 1879-, person
associatedWith Cramton, Louis C. (Louis Convers), b. 1875, person
associatedWith District of Columbia. Board of Education. corporateBody
associatedWith Durkee, J. Stanley (James Stanley), 1866-1951, person
associatedWith Emma (Guffey) Miller, 1874-1970 person
associatedWith Glueck, Sheldon, 1896- person
associatedWith Hayes, George E. C. (George Edward Chalmers), 1894-1968. person
correspondedWith Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966 person
associatedWith Hope, John, 1868-1936, person
correspondedWith Houston, Charles Hamilton, 1895-1950 person
correspondedWith Houston, William LePre. person
associatedWith Howard University. corporateBody
correspondedWith Jenkins, Martin David, 1904- person
associatedWith Johnson, William N., 1869-1954. person
associatedWith Kaufman, Enit, 1908? -1961 person
correspondedWith Kittrell, Flemmie P. (Flemmie Pansy), 1904-1980. person
correspondedWith Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Logan, Rayford Whittingham, 1897-1982. person
associatedWith Mays, Benjamin E. (Benjamin Elijah), 1894-1984, person
associatedWith Miller, Emma Guffey, 1874-1970. person
associatedWith Moorland, Jesse Edward, 1863-1940, person
associatedWith National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Charleston, West Virginia Branch. corporateBody
associatedWith Penn School (Saint Helena Island, S.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Slowe, Lucy Diggs, 1885-1937. person
associatedWith South Carolina Council on Human Relations. corporateBody
associatedWith White, Walter Francis, 1893-1955, person
associatedWith Woodson, Carter Godwin, 1875-1950, person
associatedWith YMCA of the USA. International Committee. corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Washington (D.C.)
West Virginia--Charleston
African Americans--Education
African Americans--Religion
African Americans--Civil rights
African American clergy
African American college presidents--Washington (D.C.)
African American college teachers


Birth 1890-01-04

Death 1976-09-10



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