Allan Johnson

Rev. Allan Johnson

Rev. Allan Johnson, an African American Methodist pastor and leader in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), spent most of his time working with the Southern Christian Leadership's Negro Voter's League. In 1963 he helped organize the funeral march for the death of Meger Evers. In 1967 while pastoring at St. Paul's Church in Laurel, Mississippi, Johnson's home was bombed 30 minutes after he and his family had gone to bed. None were hurt but damage to the home was extensive. In response to the bombing, Johnson invited Martin Luther King, Jr. to preach in March 1968 and hosted a dinner for King in the restored parsonage. Two weeks after he came to Mississippi to promote the June Poor People's Campaign camp-in on the National Mall in Washington D.C., King was murdered on April 4th, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

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"Except for the mercy of God, I don't see how it was possible for us to keep from getting hurt. And if this had happened an hour earlier, it would have gotten my whole family. My babies were playing the piano about eleven o-clock."

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