Cephus Johnson (aka “Uncle Bobby”) is this year’s Fannie Lou Hamer Award recipient. Selected for the Black Graduating Class of University of California Berkeley 2016.
Cephus Johnson studied at San Francisco State with emphasis in Ethnic/Black Studies. He is co-founder of The Love Not Blood Campaign Foundation and the Founder and CEO of The Oscar Grant Foundation. He is the Uncle of the late Oscar Grant.
Johnson has been a resource for families suffering from police violence and community violence seeking to cope with the tragedy of losing a family member in such a manner. In addition to helping families cope with the tragedy he brings families together to build bonding, support, and strength with each family to work together. He has worked with the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Ramarley Graham, Emmett Till, Alan Blueford, Ernest Duenez, and many other families across this country. He is a member of the Circle of Father’s, which includes members such as William Bell Sr, Tracy Martin, Ron Davis, Michael Brown Sr, Simeon Wright, cousin of Emmett Till, and many others. He has appeared on Katie Couric episode, “Race In America”; MSNBC episode, “Caught on Tape”; CNN; KGO 7Live with Brian Copeland and many radio stations in the Bay Area and around the country.
He resides in San Jose, California with his wife, Sis. Beatrice X Johnson, who is the Chief Operation Officer of the Love Not Blood Campaign Foundation. They are affectionately known as the freedom fighting Love Bugs.
(Biography adapted from the African American Community Service Agency. For more information please see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr recipient award, “The Gene Young Award 2015 Recipient”