Earl M. Johnson, Jr. is a husband and father of five. He is the founder of TakeItDown.Org, the first nonprofit dedicated to the removal of all confederate monuments on Public Land in America.
Earl is the son of the late Earl M Johnson, a member of the Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame, and attorney for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Earl’s mother was Jacksonville University’s first Black faculty member.A Jacksonville native, he received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from FSU, and received his Juris Doctor Degree from Stetson University College of Law. He practiced civil rights and criminal defense law for 26 years, during which time he litigated the Rosewood, Florida massacre case on behalf of the Black descendants of the Rosewood township victims, among other notable cases.
He has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including the Child Guidance Center, Hubbard House and the Clara White Mission.
Earl is currently ranked 3rd in the U.S. and 14th in the World in Masters Discus Throw competition.