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My name is Johnny Duncan. An old mid-wife by the name of Sally Anderson slapped my butt when I was born, and I have been crying ever since. I was born in Alabama, and grew up in Louisiana. I attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. I was president of Harambee, the Black Student organization, during my stay there. My colleagues and I worked diligently to improve race relations there. We were instrumental in the hiring of Dale Brown, the implementation of an Afro-centric curriculum.

I was the founding president of the Amite NAACP in 1970. I found the Greater Tangipahoa Parish NAACP in 2004, whose site is "eyeswideopennow.org". Over the years, I have taught at Alabama State University, Stillman College, Miles College, LSUBR, City College of Chicago (Weisbaden, Germany) and most recently at Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC).

I enlisted in the United States Army in 1981 as a Yorktown Cohort to escape Eutaw, Alabama. I attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) and became a commissioned Infantry officer in 1982. I served more than twenty (20) years on active duty and in the reserve. My life is best represented by the poem "I Can". With that in mind, I refuse to allow the best that I have done thus far be the standard for the rest of my life. I challenge you to do better too. Adelante! Siempre Adelante!

Johnny Duncan
The 1st Afr-i-can Amer-i-can


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