1990 Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame Inductee
Categories: MULTIPLE SPORTS & SPORTS EXECUTIVE
Sons: Vance, Gary, David
Daughters: Jackie, Dear Lee, Crystal
The Johnson family (Al and two brothers) contributed greatly to the sports program at Flint Central High School. Al left his mark at Central during the years 1944-46. In 1945, Al became the first Negro captain of a Central High football team. He was All-City in 1944-45, All-Valley in 1944-45 and All-State Team in 1945. He was captain of the first football team at Central to win the coveted Wildanger Trophy by winning three straight Thanksgiving Day games.
He also lettered in track and basketball. In 1960, Al became the first black basketball director for the City of Flint. He has also been a softball director for the City of Flint and was District Commissioner of the Michigan Amateur Softball Association in 1974. He was named the Michigan District Softball Commissioner of the year in 1985 and named Michigan Softball Commissioner of the year by the Michigan Amateur Softball Association in 1985 and Director of City League Flag Football.Johnson has played on city league basketball teams in Class AA and city league softball in the Buick Recreation Association.
Al has received many civic activity awards. He was president of Buick Security Credit Union from 1981-1988. Since his retirement he enjoys those extra hours with his wife and family. Al treasures all the moments he shared with his former teammates and friends. The Johnson family made a tremendous sports impact in the City of Flint and this evening Al will join his uncle, Percy McClellan, and brother, James Johnson, in the Greater Flint Afro-American Hall of Fame.