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Johnson, Rafer, 1935-2020

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Personal name headingJohnson, Rafer, 1935-2020
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Variant(s)Johnson, Rafer Lewis, 1935-2020
Associated countryUnited States
Birth date1935-08-18
Death date2020-12-02
Place of birthHillsboro (Tex.)
Place of deathLos Angeles (Calif.)
AffiliationUniversity of California, Los Angeles Pi Lambda Phi Peace Corps (U.S.) Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation National Association for the Advancement of Colored People National Urban League
Profession or occupationAthletes Civil rights workers Actors Sportscasters
Found inThe best that I can be, 1998: CIP t.p. (Rafer Johnson) pref., etc. (b. 1935; won gold medal in the decathlon at the Rome Olympics in 1960)
PREMARC, Feb. 20, 1998 (hdg.: Johnson, Rafer Lewis, 1935- )
African American National Biography, accessed via The Oxford African American Studies Center online database, July 27, 2014: (Johnson, Rafer; Rafer Lewis Johnson; track and field athlete, olympic medalist, radio / television personality, television actor, civil rights activist; born 18 August 1935 in Hillsboro, Texas, United States; enrolled at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); Pan American record in the decathlon (1955); joined Pi Lambda Phi; represented the United States at the Melbourne Olympics (1956) and Little Olympics; at the 1960 Rome Olympics, he was named captain of the U.S. Olympic team, marking the first time that a person of color carried the American flag during the opening ceremonies, won a gold medal in the decathlon's final event, the 1,500-meter run and set a new Olympic record; signed a movie contract with Twentieth Century Fox and had several television appearances; worked as a broadcaster at Tokyo Olympics(1964); sports reporter at KNBC in Los Angeles, California; involved with the Peace Corps and the Special Olympics; actively involved with the NAACP, the Fair Housing Congress, and the Urban League, especially following the 1965 Watts riot)
Black past website, December 17, 2020 (Rafer Johnson; born August 18, 1935 in Hillsboro, Texas; died December 2, 2020 in Los Angeles, California; American Olympic athlete, got into sports announcing for a time, and had a brief acting career, appearing in the 1989 James Bond film License to Kill as a DEA agent)