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A headshot of Kendra Johnson. She has short black hair and wears a silver nose hoop along with dangle star earrings. She wear a maroon top. She smiles at the camera.

Kendra Johnson


Kendra R. Johnson, Durham, North Carolina

Kendra R. Johnson leads Equality North Carolina, the oldest statewide organization working for the civil rights of LGBTQ+ people. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, she previously worked to advance fairness and equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people’s rights as the State Director for the Human Rights Campaign.

A lifelong volunteer and activist, Kendra founded the first lesbian/bi-sexual support group at Spelman College in the 90s and volunteered communications services for Brazil’s first historically black college. She recently joined the ranks of Forever SONG after serving as the Southerners on New Ground (SONG) board chair for 6 years and on the board for 11 years. Kendra currently serves on the board of the Griffin-Gracy Educational Retreat and Historical Center, the brainchild of trans revolutionary Miss Major Griffin Gracy.

She previously worked in bi-lingual communications in Brazil for 14 years as a writer, editor and translator at that country’s top financial newspapers, Gazeta Mercantil and Valor Economico. Kendra is a proud graduate of Spelman College and holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Kendra R. Johnson, Executive Director, Equality NC

pronouns: she/her/ella


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