Prof Johnson

Andre E. Johnson


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Andre E. Johnson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies and the Scholar in Residence at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis . He teaches classes in African American Public Address, Rhetoric Race and Religion, Media Studies, Interracial Communication, Rhetoric, and Popular Culture, and Hip Hop Studies. He is currently collecting and editing the works of AME Church Bishop Henry McNeal Turner under the title The Literary Archive of Henry McNeal Turner (Edwin Mellen Press). He has already published the first six volumes, and the seventh one is set for publication in 2020. Additionally, along with his academic titles, he currently editing the works of AME Church Bishop Henry McNeal Turner under the title The Literary Archive of Henry McNeal Turner

In addition to collecting the writings of Bishop Turner, Dr. Johnson is the author of No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). He is the co-author (with Amanda Nell Edgar) of The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter (2018) that won the 2018 National Communication Association (NCA) African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award. He is also the author of The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition (2012) that won the National Communication Association (NCA) in 2013 African American Communication and Culture Division Outstanding Book Award. and the editor of Urban God Talk: Constructing a Hip Hop Spirituality . He is also the curator and director of the Henry McNeal Turner Project (#HMTProject); a digital archive dedicated to the writings and study of Bishop Turner.

Dr. Johnson has presented academic papers at national, regional, and state conferences winning awards at each level and has published essays in Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Howard Journal of Communications, Southern Journal of Communication, Carolina Communication Annual, Black Theology Journal, The New York Times, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric and The Journal of African American History. He holds membership in several national, regional, and state associations in the areas of Communication, History, African American Studies and Religious Studies.

In addition to what many consider groundbreaking work on Bishop Turner, Dr. Johnson maintains an eclectic research agenda. Ongoing research projects explore the dimensions of rhetoric and hip hop, rhetoric and Black preaching, and a rhetorical history of the Black oratorical tradition. 


Ph.D., University of Memphis
M.Div., Memphis Theological Seminary
B.S., University of Tennessee at Martin


Rhetoric, Race, and Religion, Civil Rights and Social Movements, African American Public Address, African American Communication and Rhetoric, African American Studies, Media Studies, African American Preaching (Homiletics), Henry McNeal Turner, Religious Rhetoric, Religious Studies, Race/Critical Race Theory Studies, Hip Hop Studies, Public Speaking, Black Church

Below is a list of publications from 2019-2020. To see Dr. Johnson's complete CV, please click here.


No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner. University Press of Mississippi, 2020

(with Amanda Nell Edgar) The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Lexington Books, (Paperback) 2020


My Sanctified Imagination: Carter G. Woodson and a Speculative (Rhetorical) History of African American Public Address, 1925-1960. Rhetoric and Public Affairs. (Forthcoming, 2021)

Taking the Inward Journey: Prophetic Rhetoric’s Listening Function. Listening: A Journal of Communication, Ethics, Religion, and Culture. 2020.

"MLK and the Meeting that Never Was: Race, Racism and the Negation of the Beloved Community. Journal of Communication and Religion, (2020)


“The Rhetoric of African American Religious Call Narratives”. Listening Journal of Communication, Ethics, Religion and Culture. *Special Issue (2020).


Confrontational and Intersectional Rhetoric: Black Lives Matter and the Shutdown of the Hernando De Soto (I-40) Bridge,” in The Routledge Handbook of the Rhetoric of Social Movements. Nathan Crick ed. 2021, 98-115

Further Silence Upon Our Part Would be an Outrage”: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the Colored Convention Movement” in, The Colored Conventions Movement: Black Organizing in the Nineteenth Century Gabrielle Foreman, Jim Casey, and Sarah Lynn Patterson (eds).  Duke University Press, 2021, 300-313.

(with Natonya Litsach) "Women, Step Forward!" Doing Rhetorical Historiography by Exploring Womanist Leadership in the AME Church in Womanist Ethical Rhetoric: A Call for Liberation and Social Justice in Turbulent Times. Annette Madlock Gatison and Cerise Glenn-Manigault (eds). Lexington Books, 2020, 77-90

"I Had to Pass Through Blood and Fire": Henry McNeal Turner: The Political Rhetoric of Henry McNeal Turner During Reconstruction. "Remembering the Memphis Massacre: An American Story" Susan O'Donovan and Beverly Bond (eds.) University of Georgia Press. (2020)

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