Summary: Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, the first African-American president of Howard University, served as such for thirty-four years, from September 1926 to June 1960. Mordecai comprises a biographical portrait and selected addresses and sermons of this internationally renowned platform speaker. A controversial figure, Dr. Johnson is credited with successfully strengthening the academic program at Howard and increasing enrollment. He promoted high academic standards for students ...show moreand faculty and established tenure for professors.
Dr. McKinney chronicles Dr. Johnson's personal and professional life from his early years in Paris, Tennessee, through his college years in Atlanta and Chicago, his pastorate in Charleston, and his subsequent presidency at Howard. Mordecai concludes with six sermons and seven addresses by this charismatic orator.