It’s interesting that the color barrier at the historically black college level was broken this year — a year with so many anniversaries recalling events on the Civil Rights struggle. It was a half-century ago that George Wallace stood in the school house door in symbolic defiance of integration of the University of Alabama. That same year Martin Luther King Jr. gave his unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech on the mall in Washington, D.C., an event that helped usher in historic legislation that changed our nation.
Just weeks ago those events were recalled after an all-white sorority at the University of Alabama made a decision to extend offers of membership for the first time to African-American coeds at the school.
The fact that Miss Johnson’s history-making honors at Talladega College and at the Hall of Fame weekend occurred during the same year seems altogether fitting.
In addition to her new titles, Johnson has also distinguished herself academically and in intercollegiate athletics at the college as she prepares for a career in social work — all notable and commendable achievements.