Don Wade

Don Wade has been a Memphis journalist since 1998 and he has won awards for both his sports and news/feature writing. He is originally from Kansas City and is married with three sons.

Ben Johnson knows of racial prejudice, but believes America can do better

Memphis Redbirds manager grew up in Whitehaven, graduated Germantown High School

By Updated: May 31, 2020 6:35 AM CT | Published: May 31, 2020 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Memphis Redbirds manager Ben Johnson (far right) talks to his players during an April 8, 2019,&nbsp; game.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>Johnson, who is of mixed race, rides herd on a bunch of young players of every hue.</strong> (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

Memphis Redbirds manager Ben Johnson (far right) talks to his players during an April 8, 2019, game. Johnson, who is of mixed race, rides herd on a bunch of young players of every hue. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

The son of a black mother and a white father, Memphis Redbirds manager Ben Johnson grew up in Whitehaven and Germantown with a foot in both worlds. Even after recent events in Minneapolis, he hasn't lost hope for a more civilized America. 

Topics

Ben Johnson George Floyd Memphis Redbirds

Comment On This Story

Section Emails

Sign up to get the latest articles from the Metro section.

Manage Your Email Subscriptions