This podcast is part of the series: BCRI Oral History
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
Born in the Black Belt town of Hayneville in Lowndes County, Alabama, Colonel Stone Johnson moved to Birmingham at the age of four with his parents, a homemaker and a college-educated cement finisher. After graduating from Parker High School, Johnson became a truck driver for Hormel Packing Company. It was then, in the 1940s, that Johnson became actively involved in union organizing. This period also marked the beginning of his civil rights movement activism, for Johnson saw much discrepancy between the treatment and pay of Black workers and that of Whites. Listen to Colonel Johnson explain his reasons for getting involved in the Civil Rights Movement.