June E. Johnson

June Johnson was only 14 years old when she joined SNCC, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and got involved with the Civil Rights movement. Even a girl of this young age was not immune from the brutality suffered by Civil Rights workers. When she and Fannie Lou Hamer among others were returning from a training session in North Carolina, they were arrested when they tried to integrate a lunch counter. She was jailed and brutally beaten. June remains an outspoken proponent of Civil Rights and works as a program monitor for the District of Columbia in the department of Early Childhood Development. She is featured in Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders and her story is told in Pieces from the Past by 5 authors: Lawrence Guyot, Rose-Freeman-Massey, Charles McLaurin, John C. Brittain, Regena Lynn Thomas.