David J. Johns is known for his passion, public policy acumen and fierce advocacy for youth. He is an enthusiast about equity, leveraging his time and talent to address the needs of individuals and communities that are often neglected and ignored. In 2017 David became the executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, whose mission is to end racism, homophobia, and LGBTQ bias and stigma. Johns has been featured as an influential politico and advocate by several publications and outlets, including TheRoot.com, NBC, EBONY, and The Washington Post. Johns is a prominent strategist who has offered commentary for a range of media outlets, including BET, CNN, Education Post and TV One.
“Now more than ever, we need social justice warriors trained in the school of James Baldwin who understand the importance of speaking full truth to power, especially in the moments in which it is most inconvenient and uncomfortable,” David said. “Are you registered to vote? Are you willing to help others exercise their right to vote? Does your plan include meeting with elected officials to let them know you will hold them accountable? Have you considered running for office or contributing to a campaign? If we do nothing else, we owe it to the children who will inherit our problems to stand in truth and on the side of justice.”