Sam Johnson was a Chrysler worker for 30 years, active at Dodge Main, Lynch Road, retiring from McGraw Glass in 1999. During all those years, he represented a working class policy in the plants, sometimes as an elected representative, always as a worker who stood with other workers against the attacks of the bosses.
Sam began his life in Alabama, under Jim Crow. He learned from his family not to accept the racism of the Klan and the cops, who were often the same.
His mother sent him to LA when he was 20, hoping to keep her son alive. Sam was a witness to the black rebellion in Watts, 1965, and then, after he came to Detroit, to the 1967 rebellion here.
Whether in the plants or in the community, Sam has always been a fighter, a man who sees the big picture and speaks out for the working class.
His book, giving an account of his life, a militant life, has just been published. It's called: A Fighter All My Life.