DR. MICHELLE S. JOHNSON
Michelle S. Johnson Ph.D.
Director, CEO, playgrown (to go to playgrown paste www.playgrown.net into your browser)
Founder, Institute of Public Scholarship
Co-Founder, Executive Director, Fire
Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative
Rubinger Community Fellow
Johnson’s journey on the path of Zora Neale Hurston reinforced her centering of her roots through variously autonomous spaces in Saginaw and Kalamazoo, Michigan through the lens of the academy, former Florida saw-mill towns, community initiatives, and radio. During her work as the Freedom Trail coordinator for the State of Michigan, Johnson, solidified her public scholarship and leadership and expanded her contribution to assist professional and lay-historians in the preservation, documentation, and promotion of resistance to slavery in the midwest. In that position, she oversaw the development of a broad-based archival centered curriculum for 3rd, 4th, and 8th grade students and served as a visible state and regional spokesperson. Johnson consulted on a statewide Black history project that documented the people, stories, and places of Michigan before statehood to 1915. She researches, writes and lectures for academic and public settings on aspects and communities of African American culture including Paradise Valley, Idlewild, and Motown.
We look forward to hearing from you
PO BOX 1523 Miller Rd
Kalamazoo, MI 49007