Brian and Shemeka Barnes Johnson are College sweethearts where they met at Johnson C. Smith University in 1993. Brian was a rising Junior Honors Student and Shemeka was an incoming Freshman. They first met when Brian gave her a tour of the Honors College and then when Shemeka was in his Orientation Course. Brian graduated in 1995 and Shemeka in 1997. They were married on December 18, 1999.
Shemeka is a corporate executive within Global Human Resources at Bank of America and they have (2) sons-Brian Asa and Nathan Morgan Qodesh. The two were born in Beverly, Massachussetts when Brian was serving as an Assistant Professor of English at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachussetts.