From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Johnson, Harlan C.

(born: 1919  -  died: 1992) 

Harlan C. Johnson was born in Eminence, KY to Elizabeth H. Cowherd Johnson and Joseph S. Johnson. He graduated from New York University in 1950 with a B.A. and in 1952 with an M.A.

Johnson had an outstanding career in the military: two bronze metals from the Asian Pacific theater; a bronze star from the Philippines Liberation; a Good Conduct Medal; and a World War II Victory Medal.

After his career in the service, Johnson was a business teacher at New York University and Southern University at Baton Rouge. He taught in the New York City school system, served on the Board of Education, and was a drug counselor with the Community Services Committee. He received the Humanitarian Service Plaque for his work with the pre-release program of rehabilitation at Green Haven Prison. He died March 5, 1992 in Bronx, NY  [source: Social Security Death Index].

For more see Harlan C. Johnson in Who's Who Among African Americans, 1994-2004.

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