John Johnston

As Interviewed by Gavin Firestone, March 15, 2019
"By the time I was in middle school, it was pretty clear to me that some people didn’t have the opportunities other people had."
John Johnston

Introductory Profile: About John Johnston

In this interview, I discuss with my grandfather, John Johnston, his experiences with social justice. He was born on Feb. 27, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas and is very laid back and kind. He worked in community action for many years in South Dakota before directing the Topeka Housing Authority in Kansas, though this discussion focuses on his experiences with the former.

This interview takes on a very informal tone, with me simply inviting him to share his thoughts, work, story, and beliefs. Both of us settled in quickly, and the interview was fairly smooth all the way through. We learn of his helping Native Americans and fighting their persecution daily. An intriguing look into an intriguing time, this interview provides a perception of events from someone fighting for the better. As a society’s story is told by its people, I find it necessary to now let my grandfather express things in his own words.