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Francys Johnson

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Francys Johnson is a Senior Pastor of the Magnolia Missionary Baptist Church.  Born and raised on his grandparent's farm in Sylvania, Georgia, Reverend Dr. Francys Johnson learned the value of hard work, responsibility, and service to others. He is a practicing lawyer, public theologian, and educator.


​Committed Servant-Leader | Francys Johnson has served in ordained ministry for more than 20 years. He is also the Senior Minister at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church in Pembroke. He has been making a positive difference for a long time through public service to several community-based organizations focused on helping people help themselves.


Johnson succeeded Stacey Abrams and Raphael Warnock as head of the New Georgia Project, a transformational civic engagement organization responsible for defeating voter suppression and advancing progressive values in public policy. Previously, Johnson was President of the Georgia NAACP, this state's oldest and largest civil rights organization, following more than two decades of service in a variety of capacities including Southeast Regional Director. There he was the chief manager of the NAACP’s public policy agenda and administrative activities in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Recently, Johnson was the 2018 Democratic Nominee for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District.


Seasoned Professional | As a zealous trial lawyer; Francys Johnson practices criminal and civil law in the state and federal courts as a Partner of Davis Bozeman Johnson Law. He has secured justice on behalf of the wrongfully accused and seriously injured. He is a Member at Large of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia, Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism, the State Bar of Georgia Judicial Nominating Committee, and the Federal Judiciary Advisory Commission.  


A graduate of Georgia Southern University and The University of Georgia School of Law, Johnson previously served on the Political Science and Criminal Justice faculties at Georgia Southern University and Savannah State University teaching courses on Criminal Law; Constitutional Law; Race and the law; and the Civil Rights Movement. Today, he is a recognized thought-leader on voting rights having testified before Congress; lecturing across the country and writing on other subjects including race, measuring equity, and understanding of power in public policy.


Family Matters | Francys Johnson is married to Dr. Meca Williams-Johnson, an educational psychologist, and professor at Georgia Southern University. They have three sons, Thurgood Marshall Joshua, Langston Hughes Elijah, and the late Frederick Douglass Caleb. Francys lives by the command of Micah 6:8 to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly.