Contact: Jessica Tyson, Fredrick Douglass Foundation, 616-308-0961
WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- On Friday, January 30, 2015 Dr. Timothy F. Johnson passed peacefully from this life in his home in Omaha, Nebraska. A dedicated father and visionary leader Tim, a former Major in the Army, was a strong Republican and advocate of conservative values for the Black American and urban communities across the nation. Tim made history on June 13, 2009, when he was elected Vice Chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party, becoming the first Black American to hold the position and the highest ranking party official since the state party's inception on March 27, 1867. "It is with deep sadness that the Frederick Douglass Foundation announces the passing of its founder, Dr. Timothy F. Johnson," said FDF Chairman, Rev. Dean Nelson.
In 2008, along with Nelson and Mr. Troy Rolling, Tim established the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a conservative black political organization dedicated to righteousness, justice, liberty and virtue. The Republican organization quickly grew to tens of thousands of members and supporters, with chapters in over 20 states.
"We will greatly miss our friend Dr. Timothy F. Johnson, who believed that Americans should not separate God's Word from our bold and courageous engagement in civic participation. We will forever be thankful for Tim's advocacy and commitment to truth." -- Michael Steele, Former RNC Chairman
"Dr. Johnson was a true Son of Liberty in the Douglass tradition. For him, our God given liberty was non-negotiable." -- Hon. Ken Blackwell
Dr. Johnson leaves behind four adult children—Ruben, Ryan, Reñeta, and Rashonda—and seven grandchildren, along with countless friends and colleagues. His children have set up a memorial fund where friends and family can make contributions in Tim's honor.
Memorial services will be held in Omaha, Nebraska and Cleveland, Ohio on dates to be determined by the family. The Frederick Douglass Foundation will be led by its Chairman Rev. Dean Nelson and General Secretary Troy Rolling until a new president is appointed.
Dr. Timothy F. Johnson was 50 years old.