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(December 31, 1947- ) Born in Greenwood, Mississippi. Began attending SNCC meetings in her early teens; walked to school with Bob Moses. In June 1963, after attending voter registration workshop, was arrested and beaten in Winona, Mississippi, jail. Parents Lula Belle and Theodore Johnson joined SNCC; family hosted visiting SNCC workers. Graduated from Stillman College with a degree in sociology in 1972 and earned master's degree in education from Jackson State University in 1974. Worked as paralegal for North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (1972-73). Throughout 1970s, was actively involved in lawsuits aimed at stopping racist practices of Greenwood city and Leflore county governments, as named plaintiff and as paralegal investigator. With Marion Wright Edelman of the Children's Defense Fund, drew attention to failures of Mississippi antipoverty agencies; investigated Mississippi prison conditions. In 1978 was first African-American woman candidate for Leflore county Board of Supervisors. Moved to Washington, D.C., in 1982; worked in city government for the Office of Paternity and Child Support Enforcement (1983-86), and as a home hospital teacher. Was a research consultant for the film Freedom Song (2000), about Mississippi SNCC workers. Since 1995 has been program monitor in the Office of Early Childhood Development; serves as first Vice-President of the Washington, D.C., Ward 6 Democrats.