My Truth: My Journey Toward Servant Leadership
LLOYD A. JOHNSON
Attorney | Mentor | Servant Leader
I am Lloyd A. Johnson. I’m an attorney who tried to do the right thing, a mentor in retirement to some wonderful young people who intend to improve their communities, and a servant leader who is committed to social justice and changing a political system that, among other shortcomings, disproportionately brutalizes, incarcerates, and denies the right to vote to many of its citizens of color.
I’m a Black man, a native of a Roxbury, Massachusetts, a graduate of “The Mecca” for Black college students — Howard University — and also of the Adelphi University School of Social Work. I earned my J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. For 65 years, I’ve been involved with kids in trouble and other marginalized people. The sum of those experiences, coupled with my challenging childhood and my social activism, dating from the civil rights movement, gives me a unique vantage point from which to comment on my beloved nation’s challenges and unfulfilled promises.
Thanks to many people, and God’s grace, I’ve had a rich and varied career, and I’ve been recognized for my work with troubled teens, my leadership in urban affairs, and my community service.
But none of those accolades match my profound humility, inner satisfaction, and gratitude for the privilege of advocating on behalf of abused women and children, as a Maryland county prosecutor, and the honor of mentoring hundreds of young people, including students who aim to become attorneys working for social justice. Many of those young people are part of the Judge Eugene H. Gadsden Scholarship program of the Savannah 100 Foundation, Inc, , an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization which uses the law for social justice.
These essays are dedicated to the future leaders now growing and learning among us and to my beloved great-granddaughter, Alijah Rain Briscoe. I hope they will find a few nuggets here, in the story of my circuitous journey to becoming a servant leader, worth applying to their own lives. I also hope they will find hope and inspiration as they pursue the dream of real equality for all people.
I’m publishing these memoir essays online rather than in book form in order to make them more accessible to mentees and others.
Thanks for joining me on my journey. .
Lloyd A. Johnson
“If you’re not a social engineer, you are a parasite upon your community. I choose to be a social engineer.”
-Lloyd A Johnson