American politician who served as mayor of Jackson, Mississippi from 1997 to 2005 and 2009 to 2013. He was the first African-American mayor of Jackson, Mississippi.
He attended Tennessee State University for his undergraduate degree and received his Master's from the University of Cincinnati.
He was the city's first three-term mayor since Dale Danks.
He married Kathy Ezell Johnson, and they had two children.
He was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, as was Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall.