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MLK Week: Fireside Chat with Dr. Vernon Damani Johnson

Join the WCC campus community in the Simpson Intercultural Center (SSC 217) for a Fireside Chat with Dr. J! 

Scholar-activist Dr. Vernon Damani Johnson teaches African
Politics and Race, Politics and Public policy in the United States.  His interest and action in global citizenship in community development in Africa helped him place students and other volunteers with nongovernmental organizations in South Africa and Uganda since 2004.  

Dr. Johnson served on the advisory committee to Reverend Jesse Jackson's Presidential Campaign in Washington state in 1988, and served on the Steering Committee of the Washington State Rainbow Coalition from 1988-92.  Responding to the militia movement in the 1990s, he co-founded the Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, serving as board chair from 1997-2000.  He served as board President for the Northwest Coalition for Human Dignity, a regional human rights organization, from 2000 to 2003.  Since 2008, Dr. Johnson has engaged students in service learning trips to South Africa.

A researcher focused on comparative settler colonial and post-settler colonial states in the global system, Dr. J authored several scholarly and popular articles on issues ranging from revolution in Africa to race and identity in American politics. He has authored two books: The Structural Origins of Revolution in Africa, Edwin Mellen Press, 2003; and Walkin' the Talk: An Introduction to African American Studies, Prentice-Hall Publishers, 2002 (co-edited with Bill Lyne).
Dr. Johnson engages community voices based on the Black Lives Matter movement and advises activists on community organizing. In the spring of 2015, Dr. Johnson was appointed as the Director of the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Engagement at Western Washington University.
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