Cecilia S. Johnson
In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Cecilia S. Johnson has emerged as one of the conservative movement’s most compelling young figures. As the founder of multiple urban organizations she has helped create an environment in Missouri where minority voices and issues are heard prompting real solutions.
Originally from a small trailer park in Southeast Arkansas, her mother announced she was moving her and her little sister to the East Side of Kansas City, MO. Unwilling to move, she tried everything she could to keep her mother from moving to such a violent area where she would surely be robbed and shot as shown on TV. In 1997 she moved to the city and quickly adapted to the faster pace of life there. She spent the remainder of her child and teenage year in various failing inner city public schools. In 2006, she graduated from Central Greek Classical Academy, at the time labelled one of the worst performing schools in the state of Missouri.
In April 2008 while waiting for a friend to receive her prescription at a local Walgreens, she decided to flip through some magazines and came across an article by a black man explaining why he was a Republican. Confused, she read the article and found herself agreeing with his reasonings. Not only was he black, he also came from a single parent inner city background which she really related to. That night she researched the political parties on Wikipedia and their own national websites. She determined she was a Republican that night and became very interested in the political arena. Still a freshman in college, she dropped out of college already annoyed with the very blatant liberal bias her professors not only held but tried to shove down their students' throats.
In 2012, she took her first political position as a Volunteer Coordinator for Americans for Prosperity. Soon after, she started consulting on campaigns and giving speeches on her experience in the Republican Party and how we can attract more black people to the party. In 2013, while working as the Urban Outreach Coordinator for Rachel House Pregnancy Resource Center, she founded her own organization called Hood Conservatives (now The Right Direction). Hood Cons actively engaged the black community by displaying conservative ideas such as lower taxes, entrepreneurship, and school choice.
On July 14, 2015, her world changed forever. While at work, her 3-year-old daughter Amelia was accidentally run over by a car. Less than 4 hours later after emergency surgery, Amelia stopped breathing for the third time and was pronounced dead.
One month later, Cecilia accepted a position running the Lt Gov. campaign for Bev Randles. Throwing herself into work, she traveled the state of Missouri meeting voters and working to make history in hopes of getting the first black statewide office holder in the state. Falling a little short that August, she continued to consult and work for local campaigns. In December 2016, she took a position as a car salesman at a certified Nissan dealership, ultimately becoming the Owner Loyalty Manager.
Today you can find her giving speeches across the country and working to further the conservative movement in the black community. She is the former and the first black President of the Kansas City Young Republicans and is the first black office holder of the Missouri Federation of Young Republicans. In 2012, she was awarded as Red Alert Politics 30 under 30, celebrating 30 young conservatives under the age of 30 working to advance the conservative movement. In 2019, she was selected to be an advisory board member for Black Voices for Trump Coalition.