"Hey Professor,

I wanted to share something with you that has recently happened to me. My friend is a promising and aspiring rap artist and he's been promoting a lot over Twitter. I've been close with him, so I replied back to his song that was--not surprisingly--about "bitches & ass" and told him about the class I took with you letting him know that he can talk about other things (and not just the same old topic we hear on the radio). It could also help him achieve becoming a better black man. Today, he sent me a message that since I told him this it has made a big impact on his writing and what he wants to rap about! It was great to hear it! So thank you for giving me the tools to teach another peer about what else is important in the rap industry! Have a Great summer!"

-Naomi Gonzalez

Student in AFRS 130T: The Black Male Experience

“Dr. Johnson,

I am writing to thank you for your wonderful presentation on Hip-Hop as part of the Fresno State Talks series. I haven’t had that much fun while learning in a long time. My only regret is that I never had the opportunity to take a class from you. I also enjoyed revisiting so many wonderful video clips that inspired me musically throughout my youth. Thank you for the time you took to provide this service to the university community. I look forward to other opportunities to see you in action!”

-Michael Caldwell,

Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs

CSU Fresno

"Dr. Johnson,

Thank you for your graduation address to our students at the Fresno City College African American Graduation Celebration on May 5, 2012. Yours was a very unique message as it was global in respect to the historical review; it was current in respect to its statistical analysis of what students must overcome to move forward; and it was very "down home" and "village-wise" in the admonishment to both students and parents. Your very poignant family litany caused parents to feel appreciated for their sacrifices--thus far--and the family litany left students with the recognition that they must continue to strive for excellence in becoming model citizens of the community and contribute to the betterment of themselves and our society. Your family "litany" at the end of your address is unique among all graduation addresses I have ever witnessed. It is a "keeper"!"

- Ceroasetta Simba, The Black Faculty & Staff Association, Fresno City College

"This has been an eye opening class and you have been an eye opening professor and mentor..."

- Quincey Penn - Fresno State Student (May 19, 2012)

"Your work is inspiring!!!!"

- Luz Gonzales - Dean of the College of Social Sciences, CSU Fresno, (May 16, 2012)

"I would like to personally thank you for another great semester! I learned quite a lot from your class, [more] than I had expected to. Since taking your class, I have been spreading your lectures to my coworkers about the black male experience. I continue on to spread the knowledge that I gained from your class. I do admit, even though there was a great deal of reading, I really enjoyed reading them all. I looked forward to attending class, and now that the semester is over, I will most definitely miss your class. I am really glad that I took your class! Thank you for being an excellent professor!! "

- My Kim Doan - Fresno State Student (May 16, 2012)

"Thank you for all your help and support this semester. I can honestly say this is one of the few classes that made me want to learn more!"

- Aaron "K.C." Jones - Fresno State Student (May 14, 2012)