Sondra Kathryn Wilson
Dr. Sondra Kathryn Wilson is a senior associate at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University, founder and president of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation, Inc., and executor of James Weldon Johnson’s literary estate. She has worked as director of research in the national office of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Dr. Wilson has written numerous books on the NAACP and James Weldon Johnson. She received her doctorate from Columbia University, and lives in New York City.
She was born in Columbia, SC, to Laura Clemmons Powell and William Wilson, Sr. As a child she was always very studious. She graduated from Williston Senior High School in Wilmington, NC. Sondra obtained her undergraduate degree from Elizabeth City State University, in Elizabeth City, NC. Prior to residing on Martha’s Vineyard (Oak Bluffs) MA, she was a long time resident of New York City where she earned two masters degrees and a PhD from Columbia University. Sondra was an active member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in New York City. She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and many other professional and civic organizations.
Sondra was a senior associate at the W.E.B. Dubois Institute at Harvard University, founder and president of the James Weldon Johnson Foundation, Inc., and executor of James Weldon Johnson’s literary estate. She also worked as director of research in the national office of the NAACP. Sondra was a passionate student of history and an advocate of education. As executor of the Johnson literary estate, she worked tirelessly to get Johnson’s literary works reprinted.
She was successful in obtaining the reprint of Johnson’s work which includes: Along This Way: An Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson and Black Manhattan. Sondra also authored and edited several books, which are described below.
Wilson passed July 11, 2010, in Boston, MA.