Johnson, Bertha LeBranche

Bertha LaBranche Johnson was born in Wesson. She was the co-founder of not only the Prentiss Institute but also the Oak Park Vocational School of Laurel. She was the ex-president of the Mississippi State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs, the executive council of the Committee of Interracial Cooperation, the president of the Southeastern Federation, a member of the Mississippi Association of Teachers in Colored Schools, and a honorary lifetime member of the National Council of Colored Women. She wrote “Lifting As We Climb”(1940).