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Bicentennial StoryCorps Interview No. 4: Taking care of a community

Harold Johnson became dean of the School of Social Work in 1981.

In celebration of the University of Michigan’s Bicentennial, the U-M Library partnered with the national oral history organization StoryCorps to record and preserve stories from our community. During the Fall Festival Bicentennial Celebration, participants had conversations with friends, classmates, family members and colleagues about meaningful experiences at U-M. These stories, presented and curated by the U-M Library in collaboration with StoryCorps, capture the essence of the U-M’s past and present.

INTERVIEW NO. 4: Harold Johnson & Karen Downing

Librarian Karen Downing talks with her father, Harold Johnson, about his experiences as the first African-American dean at the University of Michigan.

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“In terms of the administration of the school, or the time I served as the counsel to the president or secretary of the university, I think I did about as good a job as could be done.” —Harold Johnson

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