Longtime Muskogee teacher speaks briefly at Democratic National Convention, reports Muskogee Now

Posted at 8:02 AM, Jul 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-27 17:21:07-04

MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A well-known retired teacher with Muskogee schools represented the town at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.

Johnson told 2 Works for You that Hillary Clinton’s nomination gave him the same pride he felt eight years ago with Barack Obama.

“Very few people are lucky enough to live long enough to see two tremendous historical events in one lifetime,” he said.

But to represent the city he loves the best, well, that's just the icing on the cake for Johnson.

Cedric Johnson spoke briefly at the convention, reports the Muskogee Now website, saying “Eight years ago, I was glued to the television in my home in Muskogee, Oklahoma as the first African-American accepted the nomination for president of the United States. I watched that moment on TV and I knew our world had changed forever and had changed for the better. Tonight, eight years later, we are taking a step forward for equality. The late Jake Simmons, Clara Lupa would be equally as proud tonight. May God continue to bless the United States of America.”

Johnson’s career with Muskogee Public Schools stretches all the way back to 1959. He retired in 1997, but says he still subs every now and then.

“We need to open up more opportunities so the people in that lower economic bracket can get the training that they need to move up into the middle class," he told 2 Works for  You. 

Even though Bernie Sanders won the Oklahoma primary back in March, delegates cast about half of their 42 votes toward Clinton.

“I've seen the improvements in Oklahoma, even though we have a ways to go, especially across the state of Oklahoma. But I'm especially proud of Muskogee. We are moving forward in Muskogee.”




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