Feb 10: Celebrating and Reflecting on Black Politics, Progressive Politics, and Black History

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Jillian Johnson is the Mayor Pro Tempore of the city of Durham, a long-time community organizer and activist, and a mother of two. She was elected in 2015 on a platform of racial, economic, and environmental justice, police accountability, equitable development, broadening democracy, and centering the voices of those who are most impacted by the issues facing our city. In 2017, she was unanimously elected Mayor Pro Tempore by my council colleagues.

Originally from Virginia, she moved to Durham in 1999 to attend Duke University and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in public policy and a minor in women’s studies. She has been working in the non-profit sector since 2004 with experience in administration, community organizing, mobilization, communications, social media, and information technology. She is currently on the coordinating team for Durham for All, an organization working to build a multi-racial, cross-class, political vehicle in Durham.

She remains active in the labor movement, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the LGBTQ movement, and was one of nearly 1,000 people arrested in 2013 as part of North Carolina’s Moral Monday movement. She also serves on the boards of Southern Vision Alliance, Cooperation Durham, Durham Solidarity Center, Outside In, NC Museum of Life and Science, and the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission.

She is also a board game designer working on her first project, a cooperative game that imagines the development of a future communitarian society in Appalachia after over 100 years of climate change.