Graham Johnson was a member of the First Negro Classic Ballet, in addition to being one of the company’s seven directors. Johnson’s repertoire with the company included Cinderella (1948), Harlot’s House, Little China Figure (1947), Symphonic Etudes (1948), and Tales from the Vienna Woods. He frequently performed with fellow star Bernice Harrison. He appeared with fellow company members in the November 1953 issue of Ebony Magazine.
After the company’s debut performance, ballet critic Ronald D. Scofield praised Johnson for his “virile strength, agility, and imagination.”
He choreographed Raisin’ Cane, which was “a story about Southern sugar-cane farmers that integrated the romance of classical music with jazz elements and a style that incorporated African-American themes” and featured music by Claudius Wilson.
When the company disbanded, Johnson joined New York Negro Ballet. He appeared in the film version of An American in Paris.