Willard Johnson

Academic Historian

Dr. Willard R. Johnson is MIT Emeritus Professor of Political Science. During thirty-two years (1964-1996) of teaching, research and publishing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he specialized in topics relating to African studies, comparative and international politics, and promotion of development in American inner-city areas. In 1991, he founded the Kansas Institute of African American and Native American Family History (KIAANAFH) as a non-profit membership organization to document and commemorate the experiences of pioneer African American families of the Mid-West, especially as regards the historic ties between African- and Native-Americans. Earlier, he had helped to found the national TransAfrica (the “Black lobby” on foreign policy) and its affiliated educational organization, TransAfrica Forum. He led its Boston chapter and founded its successor, the Boston Pan-African Forum. In the late 1960s, he helped to found and was the CEO of Circle Inc., a community development corporation complex in Roxbury Mass.

Willard Johnson Sr. (1901-1969)

(Image Courtesy Willard Johnson, Jr.) Willard Johnson, bacteriologist, science educator, business proprietor, was born in Leavenworth Kansas, the third of the eleven children of Joseph Johnson and Hattie McClanahan. Taught by his high school’s founder, Blanche Kelso Bruce, nephew of the Reconstruction era Senator of … Read MoreWillard Johnson Sr. (1901-1969)

Billy Bowlegs/Holata Micco (1810-1864)

Holata Micco is widely considered a descendant of the “Seminole” founding Hitchiti-speaking Oconee family of “Cowkeeper” of Cuscowilla Town on the Alachua Pains of Spanish Florida. The name that Holata was best known by, “Billy Bowlegs,” uniquely united the whole experience of the three “Seminole … Read MoreBilly Bowlegs/Holata Micco (1810-1864)

Martin L. Kilson Jr. (1931- )

Image Courtesy of Willard R. Johnson Harvard University’s Frank G. Thomson Professor of Government Emeritus, Dr. Martin L. Kilson, Jr. bears his professional prominence very easily, descending from three generations of clergy with skills of persuasion, presentation and organization. Before the Civil War, his great-great-grandfather, … Read MoreMartin L. Kilson Jr. (1931- )