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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24854.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 1987 - The Community. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/25027/show/24854

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Title Houstonian 1987
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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Title The Community
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
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Transcript Continued from p. 226 this advice with a big smile and a short laugh, but both of them know he is very serious. As the president of Allen Parkway Village Residents Association, Johnson gets a lot of satisfaction from helping his neighbors. He sees himself as an organizer/educator, helping a group of people with limited skills and resources deal with the very complicated system on which they depend. After watching Johnson for a while, it becomes apparent that he is a little out of place in this neighborhood. If this guy is so smart, what's he doing in public housing? "I never dreamed I would be in Allen Parkway Village," he said. "I had driven by here many times, and on a couple of occasions met some of the people who lived over here, but I never dreamed I'd be living here.," Johnson lived in Brenham, Texas, until he was old enough to study physics at Prairie View A & M. He went to Prairie View because at that time blacks weren't allowed to attend the local college in Brenham. He finished three years before leaving for financial reasons. In Houston, he found work as the yardman at a country club, and then at a soda fountain for Montgomery Wards. These positions did not require three years of college education, but at the time there were not too many alternatives for blacks. In 1967 Exxon began hiring black technicians, and Johnson became the first black laboratory technician at its Baytown plant. From there he moved to Upjohn, where he worked for almost ten years before developing a debilitiating illness. "I got sick and couldn't work anymore," he said. "Without money and without a job, it was a real problem. So I had to end up applying for public housing." Johnson remembers the reac tion of his son Len, who was then seven and is now 14. "H? asked me, 'Dad do we have to live in this place?' When I toll him we didn't have no choic: he busted out in tears." Johnson was not in Alle i Parkway Village long before h i began struggling with housin; authorities. "I refused to accept the sys tern as it was because I knev that it wasn't supposed to wor; that way," he said. "So I starte< I fighting with them immediatel ■ after I got here." What began as comment, and letters to the housing au thority about problems com mon to Allen Parkway's tenant i has grown into a full-fledge( effort to save the housing pro ject and the surrounding com munity from developers' bull dozers. Now Johnson spends a; much time as his health wil permit making contacts, in forming residents, relaying in