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HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE event at the Black Authors Expo with Josie R. Johnson

When Oct 19, 2019
from 12:30 PM to 03:00 PM
Where DeLaSalle High School, 1 De La Salle Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Hope in the Struggle (Josie R. Johnson)Josie Johnson will be at the Black Authors Expo on Saturday, October 19 at 12:30 p.m. for an interview and signing of her new book, Hope in the Struggle: A Memoir. For more information and to register, click here.


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.


"Johnson tells the city’s history, from the early 1950s until now, by placing its tiny but vibrant black community at the center. This is a memoir of Minneapolis. That it is told by an African-American woman makes it rare and necessary. That she is not afraid to identify and call out the ways in which white supremacy excluded black people from their full rights as Minnesotans—from exclusionary housing covenants to employment discrimination—is important. It’s a book that might help newcomers understand the city’s racial history and one that long-timers might find revelatory." —Star Tribune

"Josie R. Johnson has always been a champion of fairness and decency, and this book shows us that while there is still work to be done, with her help, there will always be hope." —Walter Mondale


"This is a must read for civil rights historians, public policy practitioners, women advocates, and anyone looking to be inspired. It chronicles Josie Johnson’s lifelong commitment to the struggle of the Black community to triumph over racism and discrimination. She gives us a more intimate understanding of the motivation behind her courageous work in Mississippi, at the Urban League in north Minneapolis, and at the University of Minnesota. Hope in the Struggle reminds us of the power of faith, the promise of hope, and the resilience that stems from love. Thank you, ‘Mama Josie,’ for sharing your love of family and community with all of us." —Sharon Sayles Belton, former mayor of Minneapolis



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