Black History Month Spotlight: Mayor Robert Johnson

Our spotlight is on Mayor Robert C. Johnson. We would like to honor and recognize his life and accomplishments, including being inducted into the Black Athlete Hall of Fame.

He is a 1971 Smyrna High School graduate and a 1975 Delaware State University graduate. He is a level V (five) State Accountant and worked as an auditor for Opportunities Industrial Centers of America, senior accountant for the City of Wilmington, and accounting manager for the City of Wilmington.

His leadership and membership roles include, but are not limited to:

  1. Smyrna mayor - 2019 to present
  2. Town Council - including council secretary, 2017-2019
  3. Being active on town committees - Finance, Utility, Charter Review, Negotiation, and Audit.
  4. Association of Governmental Accountants
  5. SHS Wall of Fame
  6. Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
  7. Former basketball coach for the Smyrna PAL Basketball League
  8. Former mentor to 2 eighth graders at SMS's mentoring program
  9. Chairman of the City of Wilmington Audit Review Committee
  10. State of Delaware Advisory Panel member to DEFAC
  11. Smyrna School District Oversight Committee member
  12. Community Development Block Grant Advisory Committee member

Watch Mayor Johnson's video interview, where he talks about his life and history that goes beyond his servant leadership as mayor to the Town of Smyrna.

Black History Month was originally sponsored in 1926 by the current Association for the Study of African American Life and History, (ASALH), which was founded by historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland eleven years prior, in 1915. Starting off as national Negro History Week, the event inspired many communities nationwide to organize their own events, proclamations, and recognitions. Over thirty years later, by the 1960s, and thanks to the civil rights movement, Negro History Week evolved into Black History Month on many college campuses. In 1976, President Gerald Ford and his congregation officially recognized Black History Month and every president since has proclaimed February as the designated month while endorsing a theme.

This year's theme is "Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity," which explores the mass dispersion of African people and families across the U.S.

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