WI’s first African American auto salesman celebrates 80th birthday and retirement

May 2, 2019

Photos by George Bryant

Photos by George Bryant

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, well known car salesman, Oscar Johnson, Sr., celebrated his milestone 80th birthday and retirement party at Hilton Garden Inn at Park Place. Johnson is Wisconsin’s first African American auto salesman, working in car sales for more than 51 years and has spent the last 40 of those years working for Andrew Automotive Group.

Oscar has always focused on working with the African American community in Milwaukee, however has enjoyed helping all people find the car of their dreams. He was joined by more than 300 of his co-workers, family and friends.

“Oscar is an inspiration to our organization,” said Andrew Automotive Group president Andy Schlesinger (left photo, right). “He’s an outstanding example of someone who is diligent and has worked hard to achieve a great deal of success and longevity in the retail automotive business.”

Oscar is also a Milwaukee Times 2018 Black Excellence Extraordinary Achievement honoree.

Pictured at the event are (right photo, from left) oldest son Derrick Johnson; wife Jimmie Ruth Johnson; Oscar Johnson, Sr.; and youngest son Oscar Johnson, Jr.