Carolyn Denton Johnson
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Tribute to Carolyn Denton Johnson
Carolyn Lucille Denton Johnson was born on January 16, 1931, in Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended and excelled at Gibbs Elementary School and then Dunbar High School where she was the student government president and became a member of the National Honors Society. After graduating in 1948, Denton attended Oberlin College (OH), before transferring to Howard University (Wash., DC). While at Howard she majored in both Economics and Business Administration while maintaining honor student status. Denton was initiated into Alpha Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in November 1951.
After graduating, Denton worked at the Social Security Administration then married Charles Johnson in 1955, whom she met at Howard University, and had two children. In 1964, she and her family relocated to Durham, NC. She was accepted along with attended NCCU School of Law graduating in 1973. Johnson became an instructor for the NCCU law program, then entered a private practice as a defense attorney in the mid-1970s. She left the private practice in order to join the State Utilities Commission in North Carolina where she became the first African American woman to work on their staff.
After finding her passion in politics, Johnson shook the political landscape in Durham when in 1983, she became the first African American woman to be elected to the City Council in Durham, NC. After her first term, she decided not to run again and was elected as a district judge in 1986 becoming only the second African American woman to hold the prestigeous position in North Carolina. In 1997, Johnson retired and later moved to Maryland to be closer to her family, but eventually relocated back to Durham in 2015 before subsequently passing the following year. Carolyn Denton Johnson was a true inspiration to many and one of the most prominent women in the African American community and City of Durham.
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Recognizing Our Future
Kayla Timmons is an early childhood educator and entrepreneur. She graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Juvenile Justice. Kayla has dedicated her life to ensuring justice and a positive future for juveniles. In 2021, along with her family, they opened “Kingdom Reins Ranch & Stables” in Efland, NC. The unique ranch offers a safe and healthy environment focused on providing life skills, educational, personal and social development through hands-on experiences for children and youth in Alamance, Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties. Kayla encourages youth and young adults to never give up and continue pressing forward to overcome challenges.