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John J. Johnson, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights

John J. Johnson was born in 1945 in Louisville and grew up in Franklin. At age 17, he became the youngest president of any Kentucky chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as state president of the NAACP for 14 years, increasing Kentucky NAACP branches from four to 42. He also held positions as director of community services for the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, director of the Louisville and Jefferson County Community Action Agency and chair of the Kentucky Coalition of Conscience. He was named executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights in 2007.

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