Yvette Johnson

www.bookerwright.com

Yvette Johnson is the Executive Director of the Booker Wright Project. She is also an accomplished filmmaker, writer, blogger, workshop facilitator and speaker. Over the years, Johnson has blogged about current events, her family and her questions about bias in America. In her role as the Executive Director of The Booker Wright Project, Johnson has facilitated workshops on unconscious bias for various organizations, including the Tempe Police Department and the Flagstaff Police Department.

She co-produced the feature-length documentary film, Booker's Place: A Mississippi Story, which had its 2012 world premiere in New York City at the internationally recognized Tribeca Film Festival. Not only did the film open to rave reviews, it was also the recipient of numerous awards including the 2013 International Cinema in Industry: Documentary Gold Award, the 2013 FOCAL International Award for Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production and the 34th Annual Telly Silver Award for Social Issues. In 2013, one of the world’s largest publishing companies, Simon and Schuster, purchased publishing rights to her story. Johnson’s widely anticipated book, The Song and the Silence, about her upbringing, the town that first coveted—then eventually crushed her family—and of course, her grandfather, Booker Wright’s brave and defiant legacy was published on May 1, 2017.

Johnson has also spoken extensively to different groups about the importance of rediscovering our shared humanity, the freedom that comes with recognizing our unconscious biases and why it’s so dangerous to vilify those who once stood on the wrong side of history.