STONEWALL Veterans' Association
2009 (April) - 2019 (May)
Eldon Reshawn Johnson (aka "El") has been associated with the Youth-4-SVA since he was introduced to the STONEWALL Rebellion Veterans Association ("S.V.A.") on April 21, 2009, by a personal friend, Duran R. Wilson, who happened to be the Assistant-to-the-S.V.A. Director. The latter has also been with the S.V.A. since 2009 (but in January). Duran introduced Eldon to Willson L. Henderson, the director of the S.V.A. Eldon was born in The Bronx, raised in The Bronx, schooled in The Bronx, lives in The Bronx, attends church in The Bronx and is employed in The Bronx! Did we mention "The Bronx"? In turn, Eldon also introduced Jermaine Samson, from the same residential complex on a river, to the S.V.A. and who was subsequently hired part-time by the SVA's director Willson.
While representing the S.V.A. during his several-year tenure, Eldon has met many SVA-supportive New York City public officials including NYC mayors Ed Koch (post-mayorality), Michael R. Bloomberg (several times at Gracie Mansion in Manhattan) and W. Bill De Blasio (on the campaign trail for public advocate in 2009 and campaigning for NYC mayor in 2013) in addition to respectful and supportive U.S. congressmembers Carolina J. Maloney, Hakeem S. Jeffries, Yvette D. Clarke, Joe F. Crowley, Nydia M. Velazquez and Eliot L. Engel. Let's not forget about Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer (a favorite of Eldon), The Bronx borough presidents Adolfo J. Carrion, Jr., Eldon's fave, and Ruben J. Diaz, Jr., who presented Eldon at a planned Pride event with a Bronx community service award for his youth work with the S.V.A., NYS Senator Jose Gustavo Rivera, NYS Assemblymembers Keith L.T. Wright and LaToya Joyner (meetings at their offices), and NYC Councilmembers Christine Quinn, Melissa M. Viverito, Corey "Ho-Jo" Johnson, Helen A. Rosenthal, Steve T. Levin and R. Rosie Mendez.......... Several years later, Eldon is still active with the S.V.A. and is still part of the S.V.A. team!
Eldon Johnson (left) and AnDre Christie (SVA's office manager)
at Adolfo Carrion New York City Mayoral Party in 2013
Note: This photo was selected as a "Wall Street Journal Photo-of-the-Week"!
[official photograph by The Wall Street Journal]
Eldon Johnson and AnDre Christie at 2013 Carrion-for-NYC Mayor event
Eldon R. Johnson receives tribute from The Bronx Borough President Ruben X. Diaz, Jr.
[photo by Willson L. Henderson]
20th May (Saturday)
Eldon's 20-Something Birthday!