Living Legacy Project Board of Trustees
The Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson
Hope Johnson is President of the Living Legacy Project. Hope serves as a Congregational Consultant for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Central East Region and minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City, New York. Her service to Unitarian Universalism weaves her passion for right relations, anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism. She reminds everyone to pass our blessings on.
The Rev. Dr. Gordon Gibson
Gordon Gibson has been involved in organizing and leading pilgrimages to civil rights sites since 2004. He brings his experience of living in Mississippi 1969-1984 when he was the Unitarian Universalist minister in the state. For seven of those years he was also an investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. During the first weeks after Gordon was ordained, he was in Selma, Alabama, taking part in early phases of the voting rights campaign there. In retirement, Judy and Gordon live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Gordon is writing a book about Southern Unitarian Universalists in the civil rights era. Gordon currently serves as a member of the Board and the LLP historian. Gordon is the author of Southern Witness: Unitarian and Universalists in the Civil Rights Era, an engaging account of the roles that UU individuals and congregations played in the civil rights movement in the South in the 1950s and '60s.
Reggie Harris has earned distinction as one of the foremost interpreters and song leaders of the music of the Underground Railroad and the Modern Civil Rights movement. With a passion for peace and justice, Reggie, with his wife and partner Kim, travels worldwide using their gifts to share hope and raise awareness of human rights in the spirit of Dr Martin Luther King’s beloved community. Visit KimandReggie.com for more about their music. Reggie currently serves as a member of the Board and director of music.
Dr. Janice Marie Johnson
Janice Marie Johnson serves as the Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). She is a religious educator who is deeply committed to creating collaborative community - multicultural, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, interfaith, multigenerational, etc., within the context of experiential learning. Her maxim is “Masakhane,” a rich and resonant word from the Nguni language -- one of the many languages of South Africa. Loosely translated into English it means, "Let us build together." Janice takes her maxim seriously, very seriously. Janice Marie currently serves as a member of the Board
John Harris’s interest has always been in the area of Racial/Social Justice and Anti-Oppression Work. John’s involvement in Unitarian Universalism began in in 1990 at the UU Congregation of the Palisades (UUCP), Englewood, NJ where he served as a Board Trustee and as a Racial and Social Justice Team Member. He also served on the Metro NY District Anti-Racism Team. In 2001 he and his wife Kathy moved to MD and joined the UU Congregation of Columbia (UUCC) where John currently serves as a Trustee, and as a Black Lives Matter Team Member. Prior to this, he served as Social Action Committee Co-Chair. In the wider UU community, John served on The Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Team, Joseph Priestley District; and on the Board of the Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice in the National Capital Region (UUSJ). In the local community John is a member of the Mental Health Players of Maryland (MPH), a group that uses role-play and interactive audience participation in addressing a comprehensive range of societal problems.
Rev. James A. Hobart
James Hobart is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister and a veteran of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign who has worked tirelessly for civil and voting rights throughout his life. Rev. Hobart is 2001 Minister Emeritus of First Unitarian Society of Denver where he served from 1983-2001. He currently serves as President of Antioch College’s Alumni Association, and is a member of the College's Board of Trustees. His father, the Rev. Alfred W. Hobart served as minister of the UU Church of Birmingham from 1953 to 1964 and was an outspoken civil rights leader (learn more about the civil rights history of the UU Church of Birmingham). Rev. James Hobart has traveled with the Living Legacy Pilgrimage and was a prominent member of the planning teams for the LLP’s Civil Rights Veterans Gathering in Asheville, NC, in 2012, and the Marching in the Arc of Justice Conference in Birmingham, AL, in 2015.