Voices of Segregation: Lyman Johnson


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Hosts Tom Price and Jo Ann McClellan are joined by Louisville, Kentucky native Lyman M. Johnson. After attending the University of Louisville and spending time in the military, he also attended the University of Kentucky where he studied chemistry. He spent his career as a chemist for Honeywell Corporation before working as an environmental chemist with the Environmental Protection Agency. He now lives near Los Angeles, California Mr. Johnson’s father Lyman T. Johnson was a leader in the American Civil Rights movement. The first black man to be admitted to the University of Kentucky, after having to sue for the right to attend, he eventually was bestowed three honorary doctorates. A building on the campus bears his name. Our guest’s grandfather Robert G. Johnson was a leader in the education of black students and served as a teacher and principal here in Columbia, TN. Our guest’s great-grandfather was born enslaved here in Maury County, and was able to purchase his freedom and that of his wife before becoming, himself, educated. It’s a truly an inspiring American story.

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