Since there are so many facets of the history that people of African descent have made in this country, I’ve decided to continue my “Black History 365″ series from my poetry blog here on my AfrocentriqueAZ blog. I’ll be posting a new “First Black” every day this month and every Wednesday for the months after that.
In honor of WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH all March the articles will all be about first Black WOMEN… Today’s is Golden Elizabeth Johnson
The information below is NOT from Wikipedia. I found the image above in a Google search of “First Black Woman” which led me to this link for the image: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/04/newarks_first_black_woman_to_s.html and then from there I searched for more info and I found this link http://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/wic/johnson.html which is where the text below is from.
Judge Golden Elizabeth Johnson was the first African American woman to serve as a Newark municipal court judge.
Born in 1944, Judge Johnson graduated from Newark’s East Side High School in 1961. She earned a degree in microbiology from Douglass College at Rutgers University and began her career as a researcher.
She attended Rutgers Law School-Newark, graduating in 1971.
During her legal career, Judge Johnson directed work on discrimination cases as the director of the Community Legal Action Workshop, a program of the American Civil Liberties Union.
She was working as general counsel for the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company before her appointment to the municipal court bench in Newark in 1974. She later served as a municipal judge in Montclair.
Judge Johnson died April 25, 2010.