The Westside Branch NAACP has lost one of its young leaders.

Khalid Johnson died last month from heart failure after a brief illness. He was 31. Johnson served as co-chair of the NAACPfs Political Action Committee, fighting for education reform, violence protection and health care. At its regular monthly meeting recently, NAACP members recognized his accomplishments. Demetrice Griffin, who co-chaired the PAC, remembered Johnsonfs leadership, energy and his “big smile.” Westside NAACP Chairwoman Vera Davis and President Karl Brinson also paid special recognition to Johnson, who is survived by his three children, his parents and six siblings. Johnson was born in Chicago, but grew up in Florida. He graduated from Florida A&M University and also has a masterfs degree in accounting. Along with working in the accounting field, Johnson became a community activist in Austin and greater West Side.

Delores McCain