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date: 26 April 2019

Johnson, Campbell Carrington

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Campbell Carrington Johnson (1895–1968) worked to improve military services and social conditions for Black people. He worked at the national Selective Services for 28 years and in 1946 was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon and the Army Distinguished Service Medal.

Keywords: Campbell Carrington Johnson, Selective Services, military services, Black population, Washington Housing Association, Army Commendation Ribbon, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Award

Johnson spent most of his life working to improve military services and social conditions for the Black population. A native of Washington, DC, he was educated at Howard University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1920 and a law degree in 1922. Johnson spent 17 years as executive secretary of the Twelfth Street Branch of the Washington Young Men's Christian Association, a position he assumed in 1923. Camp Lichtman, which he helped establish in 1932 for the recreation of Black youths, was one of his many community contributions. Beginning in 1932 Johnson taught social science at the Howard University School of Religion for 15 years. During this time he helped organize the Washington Housing Association. In 1940 he was appointed executive assistant to the director of the national Selective Services by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Recalled to duty from the Army Reserve, Johnson remained with the Selective Service system for 28 years, attaining the rank of full colonel. He worked actively for the equitable treatment of Black men and women in the services. In 1946 Johnson was awarded the Army Commendation Ribbon and the Army Distinguished Service Medal. A posthumous award of the Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Service Award were made to his family in 1968. See Dictionary of American Negro Biography (1982), by R. W. Logan and M. Winston.