The Gene Young Award 2015 RecipientCephus "Uncle Bobby" Johnson
Cephus Johnson, the People's Uncle, aka Uncle Bobby studied at San Francisco State with emphasis in Ethnic/Black Studies. He is a System Engineer here in Silicon Valley. Uncle Bobby is the co-founder with his wife Sis. Beatrice X Johnson of The Love Not Blood Campaign Foundation and the Founder and CEO of The Oscar Grant Foundation until June of 2014 when transferred to his sister, Oscar Grant mother, Wanda Johnson. Uncle Bobby has been a resource for families suffering from police violence and community violence seeking to cope with the tragedy of losing a family member in such a manner. In addition to helping families cope with the tragedy, Uncle Bobby, brings families together to build bonding, support, and strength with each family to work together.
Uncle Bobby has worked with the families of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Ramarley Graham, Emmett Till, Alan Blueford, Ernest Duenez, and many other families across this country. He is a member of the Circle of Father's, which include members such as William Bell Sr, Tracy Martin, Ron Davis, Michael Brown Sr, Simeon Wright- cousin of Emmett Till, and many others. Uncle Bobby has appeared on Katie Couric episode, "Race In America"; MSNBC episode, "Caught on Tape"; CNN; KGO 7Live with Brian Copeland and many radio stations in the Bay Area and around the country. Uncle Bobby has delivered numerous speeches on issues of police terrorism, mass incarceration, and the criminalization of young people at Howard University, Florida A&M, Cal Berkeley, SF State, San Jose State, many other Universities and most Junior College and high schools throughout the Bay area and many more around the country.
He participated in the 2010 Congressional Black Caucus involving Criminal Justice Reforms and the 2013 Congressional Black Caucus, as a panelist on "Beyond Survival- Strategies For African American Male Success", As well as being inspirational in the creation of the now Bart Police Citizen Oversight Committee and the Independent Police Auditor that now serves the Bart commuters. He is working to devise concrete strategies that communities across the nation can implement to measurably improve the well being of families affected by police terrorism and community violence.
He has been the voice for justice for Oscar Grant family, the community, and a voice for justice throughout the country.
Uncle Bobby resides in San Jose, California with his wife, Sis. Beatrice X Johnson, who is the Chief Operation Officer of the Love Not Blood Campaign Foundation. They are affectionately known as the freedom fighting Love Bugs.