Percy E. Johnston, Jr. (1931-1993)

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Percy Johnston (May 18, 1930 – March 20, 1993) co-founded the Howard Poets with Oswald Govan, and went on to publish Dasein, a literary journal that was an outgrowth and expansion of that original collective. Johnston served in the US Air Force prior to attending Howard University, where he majored in English. After graduation, Johnston moved to New York and founded Jupiter Hammon Press to publish works by authors of African descent. He is the author of three books of poems: Concerto for Girl and Convertible (1960), Sean Pendragon Requiem (1964), and Six Cylinder Olympus (1964). In addition, Johnston published Afro-American Philosophies: Selected Readings from Jupiter Hammon to Eugene C. Holmes (1970), Phenomenology of Space & Time: An Examination of Eugene Clay Holmes’s Studies in the Philosophy of Time and Space (1976), and William Shakespeare: Pioneer of Modern Free Verse (1977).

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Submitted by Kim Roberts, December 2013

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