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Moretha Johnson interview, 2021-06-12

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc034_03.wav

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D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2021-06-12


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Biographical / Historical

Moretha Johnson is a native Washingtonian and third-generation member of Asbury United Methodist Church. She worked for the Washington, D.C., government before her employment at the former Washington Hospital Center, where she became a technical librarian and front-desk employee at what later was known as Medstar Information Services. Moretha Johnson served in the Parent-Teacher Association, or PTA, at several schools that her sons attended and went on to become the president of the DC PTA. She has been deeply involved in Asbury, serving several different leadership roles with its Wesleyan Choir and also singing with its Higher Praise Gospel Chorale. She has helped spearhead the Brighter Day and Crocheting for Christ ministries, which have helped the bereaved inside and outside the church, assisted people in getting their affairs in order prior to their deaths, and given crocheted items to newborns, grieving family members and people who are hungry or unhoused.


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Moretha Johnson, a lifelong Washingtonian, grew up in a family of singers including her mother. As a child she became involved at Asbury United Methodist Church and went on to attend Sunday school and Methodist Youth Fellowship, sing in different choirs and help lead the Brighter Day and Crocheting for Christ ministries to assist bereaved people and to make crocheted items for babies and unhoused people. She recalled attending the March on Washington and being helped home by a co-worker when riots occurred in Washington after the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. She worked as a typist for the D.C. government and later was employed for about 20 years for MedStar Information Services where she was a technical librarian and later worked at its front desk. She was married for 25 years and her husband’s death sparked her interest in starting ministries to help the bereaved. She has long emphasized food and fellowship, both in ministries at Asbury and in the breakroom of her office. She was a longtime volunteer with the PTA, first at her sons’ schools and later as DC PTA president and as a National PTA committee member. She expressed her faith in divine control over her life saying she drove 'God’s car' in all kinds of weather to get to work. This interview was conducted virtually.

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