Statesboro Magazine - March/April 2022

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Fr a n cys Johnson M ost Fabulous M an of the Y e a r FINALIST – MOST FABULOUS LOCAL PERSONALITY & MOST FABULOUS ATTORNEY, INDIVIDUAL

WRITTEN BY JENNY STARLING FOSS PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANK FORTUNE

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n our community we have a visionary, a civil rights leader, a voting rights advocate, a defender of the wrongly accused, an educator and a pastor. He once told us, “The law and the church are two important institutions for a good and orderly society, one to press us to our highest hopes and dreams, and the other to keep us from descending into the basest of beings.” He has one foot in both realms, and in both he seeks salvation and justice for all. As a young lad in church he was a member of the Youth Council of the NAACP. He graduated from Screven County High School, and attended Georgia Southern University where in 2001 he was president of the Student Government Association. Accepted to the University of Georgia’s School of Law, Johnson earned a Juris Doctor degree and met his wife, Dr. Meca Renee Williams-Johnson. After law school Johnson began work as legal counsel with the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association in the New York area assisting in the overcoming of racial, ethnic, and gender health disparities in the policies and the operations of the organizations. Johnson eventually returned to Statesboro and opened a private practice, The Johnson Firm, PC, Attorneys and Counselors of Law. Dr. Williams-Johnson began work as an educational psychologist and is now a tenured professor at Georgia Southern. In 2020, together with attorneys Mawuli Davis and Robert Bozeman of Decatur’s Davis Bozeman Law Firm, Johnson was founding partner in Davis Bozeman Johnson

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