Judge Golden Elizabeth Johnson was the first African American woman to serve as a Newark municipal court judge.
Born in 1944, Judge Johnson graduated from Newark's East Side High School in 1961. She earned a degree in microbiology from Douglass College at Rutgers University and began her career as a researcher.
She attended Rutgers Law School-Newark, graduating in 1971.
During her legal career, Judge Johnson directed work on discrimination cases as the director of the Community Legal Action Workshop, a program of the American Civil Liberties Union.
She was working as general counsel for the Hoffmann-La Roche pharmaceutical company before her appointment to the municipal court bench in Newark in 1974. She later served as a municipal judge in Montclair.
Judge Johnson died April 25, 2010.