Johnson garnered national attention after he was first elected, gaining recognition in black publications such as Ebony.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson last week called the former senator a pioneer.
“He was the highest-ranking black person in America at the time,” Jackson told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
State Rep. Karen Bennett, a Stone Mountain Democrat and chairwoman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus praised Johnson's work to desegregate the Capitol.
“Senator Johnson worked tirelessly to make Georgia a place of equity and inclusiveness,” Bennett said. “He was a great representative of the people, he will be missed.”
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