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San Francisco "Please Rename the Justin Herman Plaza to The David Johnson Plaza

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It is time for a change.

The name Justin Herman continues to memorialize a San Francisco era of redevelopment which displaced thousands of African Americans, Asians, and Jews, targeting low-income neighborhoods under the guise of “Urban Renewal.” While the Fillmore District was nowhere near downtown, and its economy had nothing to do with reviving a downtown business district, the redevelopment plan was effectuated in an era of rising civil rights activism, and perpetuates memories of a dark time. The only surviving historical photos of The Fillmore prior to this massive redevelopment were captured by the now renowned photographer, David Johnson.

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At age 91, Mr. Johnson is an active Civil Rights personality, has for years documented the life of African Americans in the Fillmore and Bayview, and deserves the SF recognition and commendation.

Contact: San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission
501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: 415-831-2750
FAX: 415-221-8034
e-mail:  recpark.commission@sfgov.org 

SF Board Supervisors
London Breed                  Aaron Peskin
breedstaff@sfgov.org       aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

 

David Johnson, a renowned San Francisco photographer and cultural icon has recorded for history through his camera lens, the Fillmore and Bayview districts since 1945. Mr. Johnson has been involved in the San Francisco community, since he was a photography student at the California School of Fine Arts (now SFAI) and lived at Ansel Adams home in Sea Cliff. He holds a BA degree from USF, and worked for the Bay Area Urban League.

Accomplishments:

  • In 1970, Mr. Johnson was appointed by Mayor Alioto to the Citizens Committee for the Haight-Asbury District.
  • While employed at UCSF Medical Center, organized “The Black Caucus” to integrate higher level opportunities for minorities; commendation from Chancellor Philip Lee.
  • 1977 commendation from Benjamin Tom for improving employment opportunities for Chinese Americans.
  • 1977 Appointed to the SF Planning Council by Mayor George Moscone
  • Received numerous awards, commendations, and recognition from SF Mayors Ed Lee, Gavin Newsome, George Moscone, and Joseph Alioto.
  • Exhibitions throughout California as well as NY, Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC.
  • Photographs featured in KQED’s Peabody Award-winning documentary series, “Neighborhoods: The Fillmore District.
  • Member, Golden Decade Photographers with 15 major books containing his works as well as several films.
  • Photographs now hang in the Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg SF General Hospital and Trauma Center.
  • Photographs archived at the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library. Head Curator, Jack Von Ewu states: “The David Johnson collection is the most important African American one, the Bancroft has received in the last 18 years.”
  • Photographed March on Washington and photographs are in the Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  • Former President of the SF African American Art & Cultural Society

Join in the Petition for the David Johnson Plaza
Contact: San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission
501 Stanyan Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Telephone: 415-831-2750
FAX: 415-221-8034
e-mail:  recpark.commission@sfgov.org  

SF Board Supervisors
London Breed                  Aaron Peskin
breedstaff@sfgov.org      aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

 



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