Justice Johnson Turns 75


The Chairperson of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), and retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Cllr. Gladys K. Johnson, has warned individuals, especially the youth, against occupying offices or positions in which they were not trained or schooled.
Cllr. Johnson also warned the government against misplaced employment, arguing “that attitude of allowing people to learn on the jobs is one of the main reasons causing problems in the country.”
The Liberian human right Chair made these remarks on Saturday, August 22 during the celebration of 75th birth anniversary at her 72nd boulevard residence.
Commissioners and Staff of the INHCR, UNMIL, friends and family members graced her diamond jubilee.
The retired Associate Justice in her special remarks also admonished the youths to be prepared by going to school for the challenges ahead, stating that generational change can only be done when the next generation (the youth) is schooled or trained.
“I want to thank the Almighty God for making me to see my 75th birthday, but I sometime cried that why I should buried three of my children and still be living – why God did not add those years to my children,” Justice Johnson wept as she remembered her late children.
She also thanked God for the belated celebration of her 50th wedding anniversary, which was held on July 18.
“I am happy that I was able to observe my 50th wedding anniversary, though my husband is not in the country with me – all I can say, it was not easy all those years, but we made it.”
Some of those who made remarks, wishing her more years to live included Kedar Puldyal – UNMIL Human Rights Section, Mrs. Johnetta H. Moore, Mrs. Anne Peabody, Mrs. Victoria Ireland and Mrs. Gwendolyn Gooding-Wilson.
Commissioner Adolphus Wade and Madam Victoria York spoke on half of the Commissioners and staff of the INHCR.
Justice Johnson is married to Mr. J. Rudolph Johnson, the 2005 vice presidential candidate to Amb. George M. Weah of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). The Union is blessed with six children, but two, Mustapha and Sumo Johnsons have predeceased their parents. They were 21 and 25 years old respectively. Those living ones (all females) are Bendu, Keimah, Ciannah and Meisami Johnsons.
Before her appointment to the INHCR in 2013, she served as Commissioner for Administration at the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC (2012-2013) and served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia (2006 – 2011) until she was honorably retired at 71.
Cllr. Johnson served as lecturer at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law where she taught Legal Ethics to senior students with emphasis on professionalism and integrity building (2007-2009).
Prior to coming to Liberia from 1985-2005, she was the legal consultant/counselor in the USA.
Cllr. Johnson made history when she served as Probate Court Judge, from 1977-1982, when she probated the first opposition political party – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in 1979 thereby breaking the One Party ( True Whig Party) system in Liberia in the midst of national controversy.


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