Umar Johnson

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August 21, 1974
CitizenshipUnited States of America
OccupationAuthor and Lecturer
Years active1997-Present
  • Jamal Abdullah-Johnson (father)
  • Barbara Shoemake (mother)

Umar Rashad Ibn Abdullah-Johnson, also Known as Umar Abdullah Ifatunde Johnson, or "The Prince of Pan Africanism" is a school psychologist, author, lecturer, and community activist whose ideology is Pan Africanism. Johnson is the author of the book, Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education & ADHD Wars Against Black Boys. Dr. Johnson has appeared in the first three volumes of the documentary series Hidden Colors., Out of Darkness, and Wilmington Fire. Currently, Dr. Johnson is in the process of building a private school for boys in Wilmington, Delaware in which the curriculum will be based on African centered principles and beliefs.

Pan Africanist Activism

During his post-Millersville years Johnson was an active member of the Philadelphia chapter of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) founded by the late Marcus Garvey where he'd later resigned. He wrote a book titled 'Psycho Academic Holocaust: The Special Education and ADHD Wars Against Black Boys', in the book he alleges that African American boys are purposely misdiagnosed with learning disabilities as part of a conspiracy of Psychological warfare towards black people.[1] He believes that the reason for this is because of the lack of fathers in African American households [2] and therefore the lack of masculine energy. This is one of the reasons for his planned school for Black boys. [3] [4] Throughout the 2010s, he went on speaking tours on the subject of Pan Africanism, Black Nationalism, Black Excellence, and his experience in the School system [5] [6] His claims of misdiagnosis have been backed by studies [7] [8] but they do not support his accusations of ethnic cleansing. He has been critical of Barack Obama for not doing enough for the Black Community [9] In November of 2019, Johnson and Joe Brown had a debate about Harriet Tubman on the 20 Dollar Bill, Brown stated that a Black man should've been on bill while Johnson argued in Tubman's support. [10]

Ancestry Claims

Johnson claims to be a relative of Frederick Douglass,[11] this has been interpreted as claiming to be a descendant. This has been disputed by the media and some members of Douglass' family.


Johnson has received harsh criticisms about his ideology and beliefs in which some consider him a fraud for his fundraising tactics for his proposed Frederick Douglass/Marcus Garvey Academy in Delaware. But Dr. Johnson insisted that he hasn't spent any of the money raised for his school.

Kobe Bryant Death Theory

In January 2020, after the Death of Kobe Bryant, Johnson said that Kobe was killed because of his lawsuits and engagements with the Pharmaceutical industry[12] [13] [14]


  1. Johnson, Umar (December 21, 2012). "Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education and ADHD Wars Against Black Boys". Prince of Pan-Africanism Publishing – via Google Books.
  2. "ADHD Wars Against Black Boys: Dr. Umar Johnson Details How To Combat Misdiagnosis Of The Learning Disorder". April 16, 2015.
  3. "Black Man Works to Raise $5M For an All Boys Academy For Black Boys – Naturally Moi".
  4. "Dr. Umar Johnson Aims To Fund All-Black Boys Academy". June 18, 2014.
  5. "Dr. Umar Johnson to Speak in Los Angeles". January 4, 2017.
  6. Jack, Fisher (March 3, 2017). "A Controversial & Divisive Dr. Umar Johnson Fights for Black Children … and More / Pt.1 – EUR Exclusive". EURweb.
  7. Frye, Devon (January 18, 2017). "Children Left Behind".
  8. "African-Americans more likely to be misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, study finds: The study suggests a bias in misdiagnosing blacks with major depression and schizophrenia". ScienceDaily.
  9. "Video: President Obama Responds To Criticism From Black People Who Said He Failed The Black Community | BlackSportsOnline".
  10. "Judge Joe Brown Tells Umar Johnson Putting Harriet Tubman On The $20 Bill 'Downs Masculinity'". November 18, 2019.
  12. "Dr. Umar Johnson Under Fire For Outrageous Kobe Bryant Death Conspiracy Theory". HotNewHipHop.
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  14. "Psychologist slammed for saying Big Pharma, NBA murdered Kobe Bryant". The Daily Dot. January 29, 2020.

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