I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rogers Johnson early this morning. His passing represents a personal loss for me. Almost twenty years ago, I decided to run for president of the NAACP, New England Area Conference (NEAC). I told Rogers that I was developing a slate and asked him to join as the candidate for treasurer. We were victorious. We soon became close friends and I came to rely on his counsel for his thorough analysis and sound judgment.
His leadership in NEAC and in the Seacoast Area Branch reflected his intellect and his commitment to the continuing struggle for social justice and equality of opportunity. He accepted the reins as president of the Branch from Fred Ross four years ago. He benefited from Fred’s leadership and together they worked closely in continuing to build a Branch highly regarded and respected for its staunch adherence to the mission of the NAACP.
Rogers was very active on the political scene. He was an member of the NH House of Representatives for several years and rose to become Majority Whip of the House, the first Black person to serve in that post. He has also served on numerous commissions and special committees for the state of New Hampshire.
Rogers will be sorely missed.
Expressions of support and condolence may be sent to Roger’s family: P.O. Box 565, Stratham, NH 03885
Peace and love,
Arrangements for Rogers’ Home Coming: The funeral service will be private (just for the family). Calling hours are Wednesday, November 18, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at Brewitt Funeral Services and Crematory 14 Pine Street, Exeter, NH 03833