Mrs. Johnson is depicted as the Younger family's nosy, jealous neighbor who briefly visits their apartment to see how Lena and the family are handling their recent fortune. When Mrs. Johnson stops by, Lena and the others are unenthusiastic about her presence but do their best to remain polite. Mrs. Johnson happily accepts a piece of sweet potato pie and tells Lena,
Oh honey, I can’t stay hardly a minute—I just dropped in to see if there was anything I could do (Hansberry, 101).
The audience realizes that Mrs. Johnson has no intention of helping the Youngers with anything and goes out of her way to discuss how black families are being attacked for moving into white neighborhoods. Her comments are particularly unsettling given the fact that she is aware of Lena's purchase in Clybourne Park. The audience can easily tell that Mrs. Johnson resents the Younger family's fortune, and Hansberry uses her character to illustrate how jealous community members present another obstacle that the Youngers must overcome.