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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With the Honorable Otis Johnson

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Mayor Otis Johnson was born on March 26, 1942 in Savannah, Georgia. He graduated from Alfred Ely Beach High School in 1960. He earned his A.A. degree in liberal arts from Armstrong State University. He was the first African American to attend and graduate from the university. In 1967, he earned his B.A. degree in history from University of Georgia. Johnson earned his M.S. degree in social work from Clark Atlanta University in 1969, and his Ph.D. degree in social welfare from Brandeis University in 1980. He worked for the Economic Opportunity Authority, Model Cities and Savannah State University before serving as Alderman of District #2 on the Savannah City Council. In 1988, he left to become executive director of the Chatham Savannah Youth Futures Authority. In 1999, he began a four-year term on the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education, before he was elected Mayor of Savannah in 2003, serving two terms.
Performers
Denise Gines, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
217 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Otis Johnson
The Honorable Otis Johnson
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Savannah, Georgia 2017 February 08.
Description
1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 36 min., 54 sec.)) : sound, color
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