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Alexis Johnson’s goal as president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) chapter at North Carolina A&T State University, is for students to become more aware of social and political causes that effect their daily lives.
Johnson is a junior from Hightstown, N.J., and has been involved with NAACP since she was a young girl.
“Growing up with my grandmother I attended all of the functions and went to the rallies with her,” Johnson said. “She was all about uplifting people, equality, rights—all the things that we deal with now. I witnessed it growing up and I realized the importance of this organization,” she said.
Johnson also remembers conversations she had about the civil rights movement and racial inequality with her great grandfather, who grew up in Alabama. When she got to North Carolina A&T, armed with years of exposure to racial injustice, she made it her mission to increase the visibility of the NAACP organization.
“My goal was to make sure that we are heard,” she said. “There are problems that are happening right in our community that we don’t even shed light on. So our job is to get it out, to make people knowledgeable and aware and conscious,” Johnson explained.
In the summer of 2013, A&T’s NAACP chapter began hosting Moral Mondays—a trend of state-wide weekly protests that focus on social inequality. Johnson said the group also participated in Historic Thousands on Jones St. (HKOnJ), a Raleigh-based coalition of North Carolina NAACP branches.
“It’s a beautiful thing that all nationalities, all ages can come together for things that they believed in,” she said.
Johnson majors in physical therapy and originally planned to become a physician’s assistant.
“I’m going to finish this goal,” she confirmed, “and if I feel like I want to go to school for something else I’m going to do it. I’m going to do anything that I want to do,” she declared.
Johnson said that she always had a passion for history and reading. She was inspired to attend North Carolina A&T because of the university’s long-standing commitment to civil rights. While in high school she met an A&T alum who encouraged her to apply.
“He talked about A&T the whole time. He talked about all of the history that went down,” she remembered. “I was like you know what sir? I promise I’m going to go tour that school just because you talked about it,” she said.
“I fell in love with it. I wouldn’t have picked another school, I’m so happy I came here,” she said.
Johnson is also a member of the Black History Club and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.