Today In Black History: Mordecai Wyatt Johnson And Tyler Perry


Mordecai Wyatt Johnson

During black history month, we are taking the time to honor those who paved the way for us. Today (February 4th) we honor Mordecai Wyatt Johnson — the first black president of Howard University. [Today’s black history maker, Mordecai Wyatt Johnson. Mordecai Wyatt Johnson was the first black president of Howard University. Although to whites and nearly all blacks, he appeared to be white. Mordecai Johnson was born and raised in Washington, DC and held several degrees. Dr. Johnson held three bachelor’s degrees as well as a Master’s Degree in Theology and two doctor of divinity degrees. Mordecai Johnson was appointed President of Howard in 1926 and headed that prestigious black university for thirty four years. During his tenure, some twenty new buildings were erected and the law, medical and dental disciplines were honed into reputable, accredited and nationally known graduate programs. And of course during that same period, Howard’s faculty and student body tripled. Dr. Johnson retired in 1960. He died 16 years later at age 86.

Tyler Perry

In addition to honoring those who have paved the way for us, we also want to celebrate those who are paving the way for the future. Today we salute Tyler Perry. Actor, Director, screenwriter, producer and author Tyler Perry has overcome obstacles like childhood abuse, homelessness o become one of the top players in Hollywood.

In 2008, Tyler became the first African American to own an movie and TV studio. In 2009, Forbes named Tyler the sixth highest paid man in Hollywood. As of July 2009, Tyler’s films had grossed nearly $400 million worldwide.

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