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Dr. Johnny Bowens is a Senior Lecturer in the Africana Studies Department at the University of Arizona.
He earned his B.A. degree in Sociology from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1968. Continuing his academic journey, he obtained an M. Ed. Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, in 1973. Driven by his passion for community dynamics, he pursued a Ph.D. degree in Community Sociology from Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, completing his doctorate in 1978.
Courses taught by Dr. Johnny Bowens include “African American Studies: A History of Ideas” and “Introduction to African American Studies.”
Through his dedication to learning and research, Dr. Bowens has honed his expertise in community organizations, making significant contributions to various civic and community initiatives and earning numerous special awards.
Johnny Wesley Bowens was born on June 2nd, 1946, in Jacksonville, Florida. With over five decades of marriage, three children, and ten grandchildren, his life serves as a testament to the power of love, determination, and continuous learning.
Dr. Johnny Bowens’ dedication to social justice and equal rights guided him toward a career in urban planning and education administration, recognizing the profound impact of systemic racism on communities and seeking to create positive change. This commitment led him to actively engage in local politics actively, advocating for equal opportunities and social justice for all, even in the face of various instances of discrimination, including biased real estate practices. Dr. Bowens’ relentless pursuit of challenging the status quo and promoting understanding among diverse communities remains unwavering.
His inspiring journey teaches us about social justice and breaking barriers through advocacy and activism in local politics. From his childhood in segregated Hialeah to overcoming obstacles in academics and athletics, Dr. Johnny Bowens’ story exemplifies determination. Embracing education and social justice, he becomes a powerful advocate, engaging in local politics and shattering barriers. Dr. Bowens’ life demonstrates the power of continuous learning and challenging systemic racism, inspiring us to embrace change and foster understanding for a more inclusive society. His passion for education and community organizations has earned him numerous special awards, and he continues to make a positive impact in the lives of many.
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