Describe Lemuel A. Johnson here:

Lemuel A. Johnson (1941-2002) was born in Maiduguri, Nigeria. An expert in African literature and the Diaspora, a literary critic, and poet, he taught English at the Fourah Bay College of the University of Sierra Leone and comparative literature at the University of Michigan. From 1985 to 1991 he served as director of the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies; author of a three-volume work of poems entitled the Sierra Leone Trilogy. and numerous works of literary criticism. Papers include biographical information, correspondence from colleagues and family, and information about his work in the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies and the Department of English Language and Literature. There are also notes and drafts of Johnson's literary criticism, poetry, and his other writings.


My parents, Marian and Lemuel Johnson, Mummy and Duddy, were born in tiny villages on the outskirts of Freetown and came to the United States to attend college. My mother studied dental hygiene at Howard University in Washington, DC, on a Sierra Leone government scholarship. My father won a grant from his prep school and majored in Spanish and English at Oberlin College in Ohio. After earning his PhD in comparative literature from Michigan in 1968, he accepted a professorship in the English department, where he taught for more than three decades before dying of cancer last year.

My brother, Yshelu, and I were born and raised in this Midwestern college town.