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Cato Johnson, senior vice president, MLH Corporate Affairs, was recently inducted into the inaugural class of the Memphis African American Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame honors African American leaders for their contributions in the areas of business, education, government, civil rights, philanthropy, entertainment and more.
Inductees were presented with the Umoja circle award. “Umoja” is a Swahili word meaning unity. The Umoja Circle represents the circle of African American progress. Honorees receive the Umoja Circle because they exemplify the desire to be a part of the solution in their professional and community lives and understand how their passionate work will impact the future.
“Cato’s commitment to our community is evident through his many civic leadership positions,” said Gary Shorb, MLH president and CEO. “We are proud to have a leader of his caliber on the Methodist team.”
Cato currently serves as the chairman of the TennCare Medical Care Advisory Committee and the Shelby County transition team. He also chairs the Shelby County Schools Athletic Committee, the University of Memphis Athletic Department Community Advisory Committee, Southwest Tennessee Community College Board of Advisors and Foundation Board, the MIAA Athletic Development Committee, and the Fairgrounds Redevelopment Committee. He is vice chair for the Shelby County Schools Needs Assessment Committee, Shelby Schools Foundation, Youth Education Through Sports, and the Generations, Inc. board of directors. Cato serves as a member of the LeMoyne-Owen College President’s Council, Memphis and Shelby County Public Building Authority, Tennessee Hospital Association (THA) Council on Diversity, THA Council on
Government Affairs, THA Bylaws Committee, the University of Memphis Tigers Club, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Sports Entertainment Recreation Venue Review
Committee, MPACT Memphis Advisory Board, and the Coalition for a Better Memphis.
Other Memphis African American Hall of Fame inductees with connections to Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare include: former Methodist Healthcare Foundation board member, Barbara Duncan-Cody, M.D., Bill Hurd, M.D., and MLH board member, Beverly Robertson.