HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE/TELL ME YOUR NAMES AND I WILL TESTIFY virtual event with the Roseville Public Library

Carolyn Holbrook will host a virtual event with the Roseville Public Library on Wednesday, September 16 for a discussion of Josie R. Johnson's book, coauthored with Arletta Little, HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE.
When Sep 16, 2020
from 18:30 PM to 20:30 PM
Where Virtual (more info below)
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How a Black woman from Texas became one of the most well-known civil rights activists in Minnesota, detailing seven remarkable decades of fighting for fairness in voting, housing, education, and employment
The compassionate and redemptive story of a prominent Black woman in the Twin Cities literary community
 As part of a year-long celebration of 100 years of the League of Women Voters, the League invited Dr. Josie Johnson and her co-author Carolyn Holbrook to speak on Wednesday, September 16. Due to personal circumstances, Dr. Johnson is unavailable to attend, but we are fortunate that Holbrook will cover both Dr. Johnson’s book, Hope in the Struggle, as well as her own newly released book, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify. Both books are published by the University of Minnesota Press and are pertinent to our League anniversary and the times we live in, where we must continue fighting for voting and civil rights. The meeting is co-hosted by the Roseville Ramsey County Library. Register for the event here.
Dr. Johnson’s esteemed career includes being a long-time member of the Minneapolis League and serving on the national League board in the 1970s. Her book, Hope in the Struggle, highlights her role in the League and elsewhere advocating for voting rights, including making brave trips to the South to register voters during the heat of the Civil Rights Movement.
Carolyn Holbrook, adjunct professor of creative writing at Hamline University, was founder and executive/artistic director of SASE: the Write Place and now leads More Than a Single Story, a series of panel discussions and community conversations for people of color and indigenous writers and arts activists. She was a recipient of the Hamline University Exemplary Teacher Award and the first person of color to win the Minnesota Book Awards Kay Sexton Award.
League member Marquita Stephens will moderate.
Books will be available for purchase online through Subtext Books after the 6:30 p.m. virtual meeting that is free and open to the public.

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 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

"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

"Johnson’s memoir covers a lot of difficult territory, but one thing rings clear throughout: She has met these myriad challenges and difficulties with intelligence, energy, and hope." —Minnesota Alumni