Brady Johnson, Jr., founder of K. Anthony’s School in Los Angeles, passed away on May 12, following complications from a stroke. He was 82 years old.
Johnson, a passionate educator, opened the private school in June 1971 with the intent of offering an alternative academic option for families in South Los Angeles. Thousands of parents enrolled their children, resulting in more than 25,000 minority graduates of K. Anthony’s in its 44 years of existence.
“He firmly believed that children from the inner city had the ability to become well-educated nurses, doctors, attorneys, doctors of education, professional athletics, clergyman and more. His determination helped redefine our communities’ sense of what was possible for minority students from South Los Angeles,” said a family member.
While Johnson’s commitment to quality education changed the lives of many people, he considered his efforts as a way to help. He often said, “Helping others makes my life feel complete.”
Johnson’s spirit of helpfulness was further illustrated by assistance to working parents. Throughout his 44-year career, he appeared promptly at 6 a.m., to greet students and their parents who had early work shifts.
A veteran of the Korean War, Johnson was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1954. Relocating to Los Angeles, he met Margaret Crump and they married in 1960. Their union continued for 55 years until his passing.
Johnson’s survivors include his wife, Margaret; son, Keith Anthony Johnson, and granddaughters, Amber and Autumn.
The homegoing service was held Thursday, May 21, at First Church of God – Center of Hope, 9550 South Crenshaw Blvd., in Inglewood.