title How I wrote the Dakotas biography article By Sarah Dutton, The New York Times The son of a former U.S. Navy admiral and a former White House adviser, Dakotac Johnson grew up in a town known for its rich history.
It was a place where the family’s grandparents had gone to work in the cotton fields before the Civil War.
As a child, Dakota, then 12, was taught about the United States’ involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the abolitionist movement and other causes.
He grew up to be an activist and a student of the Bible and of the history of the United Nations, a country where the people had a right to be free and independent, he told the New York Daily News in 2008.
“It was a life filled with love and faith,” he said.
“I never knew anything but what was good.”
Dakotah Johnson became the first African-American student in the U.N. His story was well known in the nation’s capital.
His parents, both black, worked for the U