Dr. Tekla JohnsonInstructional Electronic Resources Librarian
Tekla Johnson earned a Ph.D. in history with an emphasis in African American Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2005. There she studied World System Theory, Africology and Kawaida Methodology at the Black Studies Department at UNO. Dr. Johnson taught Africana Studies at North Carolina A & T State University and here at Johnson C. Smith University. From 2010-2014 She taught Africana Studies, Public History, and Women’s History at Salem College for Women in Winston, Salem N.C.
During a sabbatical at Emory University, Dr. Johnson participated in the symposium for Alice Walker’s dedication of her papers. After that experience, she added libraries and archives to her career goals and earned her MLIS Degree in 2015. Since then, she has served alternatively as Archivist, Community Archivist, and/or Archival consultant on a wide range of projects and with a variety of organizations and community groups. She has had the honor of working with the African American Genealogical Society of Charlotte, North Carolina, Nebraska State Senator Ernest Chambers Papers, Mondo We Langa Papers (Incarcerated Activist), Leola Bullock Collection (Civil Rights Leader), Malone Center (former Urban League) Papers, Frederick Douglass-Harriet Bailey Papers, Black Workers for Justice archives, and the Harris Stowe State University Archives among other projects. She participated in Oral History training with Mary Kay Quinlan and has led two Oral History Projects.
Dr. Johnson’s first book, “Free Radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the Politics of Race” earned a national book award from the National Council of Black Studies in 2013, and a State Book award from Nebraska the same year. Johnson’s research focus is social justice issues in the United States, and she is particularly interested in racial imagination as it relates to oppression and resistance matrices. Current research includes the mid-west chapter of the Black Panther Party, and social movements as an interregional phenomenon. She is co-authoring a manuscript entitled Forgotten Comrades. Dr. Johnson currently serves as the Instructional Electronic Resources Librarian here at Johnson C. Smith University.