Dorothy Hodge Johnson

Year Inducted: 
2009
Dorothy Hodge Johnson
Highlights: 
  • Public Relations Secretary for the Urban League of Kansas City from 1944 to 1951
  • Served in the federal government as Information Specialist for the Regional Office of the Office of Price Stabilization
  • Appointed as Director of the Florence Crittenton Home for Negro Girls in 1953 until 1957
  • 1974 recipient of the University of Kansas Distinguished Service Citation Award
Biography: 

A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs. Johnson attended Stowe Elementary School and Northeast Junior High School. In 1933, she graduated from Sumner High School where her father, John A. Hodge, served as principal from 1916 to 1951. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate, she earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1937. She married Dowdal Davis Nov. 25, 1937.

Her career in community service began in 1937 when she joined the staffs of the Kansas City Call as a reporter and the National Urban League as a community liaison. From 1944 to 1951, she served as Public Relations Secretary for the Urban League of Kansas City. For the next following two years, she served in the federal government as Information Specialist for the Regional Office of the Office of Price Stabilization. In addition to these activities, she served on the boards of leading civic organizations in Kansas City, Missouri, including the YWCA, the City Committee and Council on Human Relations, and the City Children’s Committee.

In 1953, she was appointed as Director of the Florence Crittenton Home for Negro Girls and continued in that capacity until 1958, when the area’s Crittenton Homes were integrated. Mr. Davis passed away in 1957, and Dorothy married Herman A. Johnson in 1960.

After she received an MSW from KU in 1960, Johnson became a social welfare caseworker for Family and Children’s Services in Kansas City, Kansas, and was director of the Jackson County, Missouri, Department of Health and Welfare from 1973 to 1976.

She went on to serve as research associate for the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Foundation and as consultant for local social welfare projects and studies. From 1978 through 1981, she served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s School of Medicine.

She went on to serve as research associate for the Greater Kansas City Mental Health Foundation and as consultant for local social welfare projects and studies. From 1978 through 1981, she served as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s School of Medicine.

Mrs. Johnson passed away in 2004, and her impressive legacy to her community is documented through the personal papers that she left to the Kansas Collection at KU, click on the website link on this page to view the collection.


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