Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson

Cephus “Uncle Bobby X” Johnson, Uncle Bobby X, is a social justice activist at the forefront of ending police violence in America.


After his nephew, Oscar Grant was murdered by a Bart police officer in 2009, Cephus has founded four grassroots social justice organizations, the Oscar Grant Foundation, Love Not Blood Campaign, California Families United 4 Justice, and a National Families United 4 Justice Network- a growing nationwide collective of families impacted by police violence. Cephus has received many prestigious awards for his social justice police accountability work.

In 2019 Cephus received The Black Panther Party Community Award, Oakland City Council Commendation Award, the Oakland City Council Resolution for innovation, groundbreaking work, promoting positive change and uplift for the city of Oakland in the field of Social Justice, including the 2019 Frontline Warriors Keepers Award, The Dick Gregory Award 2018, Kujichagulia (Self-Determination) Award 2017, The Fannie Lou Hamer Award 2016, The Hero of Forgiveness Award 2016, The Henry Moskowitz Award 2015, The Kwame Ture Black Star of Labor Award 2015, The Black Organizing Project Award 2014, The Martin Luther King Jr Gene Young Award 2014, and many others.

Cephus has presented on these topics, and others, at The Left Forum conference, US Human Rights Conference, The Netroots Nation Conference, The ACLU Conference, The Free Mind Free People Conference, The National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), The Congressional Black Caucus Conference, Teachers for Social Justice Conference, and The National Bar Association Conference. He has also spoken at universities, high schools, and community events, and served as the West Coast Organizer of the United Nation Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent visiting the United States at Merritt College, Oakland 2016.

Known as the “People’s Uncle,” Cephus is a much-beloved presence and invaluable resource for families suffering from police violence around the globe.

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