The Untold Story of the Strategist for Atlanta’s Black Political Leadership

As we close out Black History Month, we explore Dr. Tobe Johnson’s contributions to Atlanta as an adviser to Mayor Maynard Jackson and as a mentor to Morehouse College alums

Dr. Tobe Johnson, a native of Birmingham, first came to Morehouse College in 1946 as a teenager. He returned to graduate in 1954 after serving in the U.S. Air Force, and in 1963, earned a doctorate from Columbia University. Photo by Bruce Morton, Atlanta City Council Office of Communications.
Civil rights triumphs and the groundwork laid by community leaders paved the way for Johnson to work with African American elected officials and aspiring politicians. Photo by Bruce Morton, Atlanta City Council Office of Communications.
As an adviser for campaigns, including Maynard Jackson’s run for mayor in 1973, Johnson helped shape the city’s political landscape. Photo by Bruce Morton, Atlanta City Council Office of Communications.
Dr. Johnson was honored by the Atlanta City Council in 2019 for his contributions to the city and his impact on students at Morehouse College. Photo by Bruce Morton, Atlanta City Council Office of Communications.

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