Cephus Johnson (aka “Uncle Bobby”) is this year’s Fannie Lou Hamer Award recipient.


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


About Uncle Bobby

Cephus Johnson, a.k.a Uncle Bobby, is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending police brutality in America. After his nephew, Oscar Grant, was murdered by a Bart police officer in 2009, Cephus founded two social justice organizations, the Oscar Grant Foundation and Love Not Blood Campaign. Since then, Cephus has received many prestigious awards for his activism, including The Fannie Lou Hamer Award 2016, The Hero of Forgiveness Award 2016, The Henry Moskowitz Award 2015, The Kwame Ture Black Star of Labor Award 2015, The Black Organizing Project Award 2014, The Martin Luther King Jr Gene Young Award 2014, and many others. He was a consultant for the movie Fruitvale Station, and has served as a leading expert on the creation of the Motherhood and Fatherhood Movement of children murdered by police. Over the years, Cephus has appeared on many national and local television shows and radio stations as an expert in police brutality, including Katie Couric’s “Race in America,” MSNBC’s “Caught on Tape”; and many others. He is a sought-after speaker who has delivered workshops on topics such as, “Knowing your Rights; “How to survive if stopped by the police”; “Criminalization of young people by the justice system”. Cephus has presented on these topics, and others, at The Left Forum conference, US Human Rights Conference, The Netroot Nation Conference, The ACLU Conference, The Free Mind Free People Conference, The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), The Congressional Black Caucus Conference, Teachers for Social Justice Conference, and The National Bar Association Conference. He has also spoken at universities, high schools, and community events, and served as the West Coast Organizer of the United Nation Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent visiting the United States at Merritt College, Oakland 2016. Known as the “People’s Uncle,” Cephus is a much beloved presence and invaluable resource for families suffering from police violence around the globe. He has been active at high profile protests — and has supported many high profile families — around the country, including those of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Freddy Gary, and many more. “He considers ending police brutality and supporting families who have suffered at the hands of police his life’s work, and deeply believes that when families work together, families heals together creating lasting sustainable change.”