Historical Society Presents Judge Johnson: An African-American Childhood in Wilkinsburg


The Wilkinsburg Historical Society is honored to have Judge Livingstone Morris Johnson, recently retired senior judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County as their guest speaker at the Society’s October 20 meeting.  Judge Johnson is an extraordinarily engaging speaker with vivid memories of growing up in Wilkinsburg in the ‘30s and ‘40s.  He was the lone African-American in the 1945 Wilkinsburg High School graduating class of 350.  He has a B.A. from Howard University, 1949, and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Born at home because of the discrimination his mother had suffered at Columbia Hospital, Livingstone Johnson went on to a remarkable career as a part-time steelworker, lawyer, Air Force Reserve officer, and judge.  He flew 58 combat missions as a navigator – radar bombardier during the Korean War and served 34 years on the bench, the last ten as a senior judge. He and his wife LeeBrun Johnson have five children, three of them lawyers, the other two MBAs.

Please join the Wilkinsburg Historical Society for what promises to be an enlightening and insightful evening, Monday, October 20, at 7:30 pm, at the South Avenue United Methodist Church.  Use the rear (Ross Avenue) entrance.  Refreshments will be served after the presentation.  Call Joel at 412-241-2941 for more information.


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