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Hope in the struggle : a memoir / Josie R. Johnson ; with Carolyn Holbrook and Arleta Little.

Johnson, Josie R., 1930- (author.). Holbrook, Carolyn (Carolyn L.), (contributor.). Little, Arleta, (contributor.).

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781517904449
  • ISBN: 1517904447
  • ISBN: 9781517904456
  • ISBN: 1517904455
  • Physical Description: x, 222 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Family Values -- Fisk University: Racial Pride and Social Uplift -- A Growing Family, A Wider World -- Minneapolis -- The Urban League and Fighting for Fair Housing -- The March on Washington -- Black Women in the Struggle and Wednesdays in Mississippi -- Making Our Way -- Teaching Our History -- Colorado and New Challenges -- Back to School -- Home to Minneapolis -- Our Patrice -- The Eastcliff Gathering -- Diversity and the University -- A New Appointment, the Same Mission -- Retirement.
Summary, etc.:
"Young Black people have repeatedly asked Johnson why she continues to work on social justice issues and how she manages to retain hope. She publishes this book hoping current and future generations will remember the strength of their ancestors, learn from her story, continue the struggle, and gain justice for her people"-- Provided by publisher.
"Why do you continue to work on issues of justice? Young Black people often ask Josie Johnson this question, then, perhaps in the same breath, How do you maintain hope? This book, a lifetime in the making, is Josie's answer. A memoir about shouldering the cause of social justice during the darkest hours and brightest moments for civil rights in America--and, specifically, in Minnesota--Hope in the Struggle shines light on the difference one person can make. For Josie Johnson, this has meant making a difference as a Black woman in one of the nation's whitest states. Josie's story begins in a tight-knit community in Texas, where the unfairness of the segregated South, so antithetical to the values she learned at home, sharpened a sense of justice that guides her to this day. From the age of fourteen, when she went door to door with her father in Houston to campaign against the Poll Tax, to the moment in 2008 when, as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, she cast her vote for Barack Obama for president, she has been at the forefront of the politics of civil rights. Her memoir offers a close-up picture of what that struggle has entailed, whether working as a community organizer for the Minneapolis Urban League or lobbying for fair housing and employment laws, investigating civil rights abuses or co-chairing the Minnesota delegation to the March on Washington, becoming the first African American to serve on the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents or creating the university's Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs with a focus on minority affairs and diversity. An intimate view of civil rights history in the making, Hope in the Struggle is a uniquely inspiring life story for these current dark and divisive times, a testament to how one determined soul can make the world a better place"-- Provided by publisher.
Author Notes

Born in 1930 in San Antonio, Texas, Josie R. Johnson has been an educator, activist, and public servant for more than seven decades. Along with her work for the Urban League and the University of Minnesota, she has been office manager, campaign manager, and chief of staff for multiple political campaigns and public officials, including campaign manager for the first African American lieutenant governor of Colorado, and co-chair of the African American DFL Caucus in Minnesota. She holds degrees in sociology, education, and education administration. She lives in Minneapolis and continues to serve her community, advocating for equal rights and social justice.

Carolyn Holbrook is a writer, educator, and former program director of the Loft Literary Center. She teaches creative writing at Hamline University and is author of Ordinary People, Extraordinary Journeys, which profiles twenty community leaders and programs made possible by Leadership Initiatives in Neighborhoods. In 2010 she received the prestigious Kay Sexton Award presented by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.

Arleta Little is director of Artist Fellowships for the McKnight Foundation. Prior to working in philanthropy, she was executive director of the Givens Foundation for African American Literature.

Subject: Johnson, Josie R., 1930-
African American women civil rights workers > Biography.
Social justice > United States > History > 20th century.
African Americans > Civil rights > History > 20th century.
African Americans > Social conditions.
Civil rights workers > United States > Biography.
African Americans > Minnesota > Minneapolis > Biography.
Minneapolis (Minn.) > Biography.
Minnesota > Authors.
HISTORY > United States > State & Local > Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI)
African American women civil rights workers.
African Americans.
African Americans > Civil rights.
African Americans > Social conditions.
Civil rights workers.
Social justice.
Minnesota > Minneapolis.
United States.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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