Activist, scholar, and University of Minnesota Regent Emeritus Josie R. Johnson will discuss and sign her new book, Hope in the Struggle: A Memoir, at UROC at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019. 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. Johson will be joined by book collaborators Carolyn Holbrook and Arleta Little. The event is sponsored by UROC, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, and the University of Minnesota Press.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served, and books will be available for purchase.
Praise for Hope in the Struggle:
"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
"Once in a while, someone comes along to help a university define hope in the midst of struggle. Dr. Josie Johnson, my admired colleague Josie, helped teach a generation of us at the University of Minnesota that the struggle for human and civil rights is worth it and that it can—and will—be won." —Nils Hasselmo, former president, University of Minnesota
"This is a must read for civil rights historians, public policy practitioners, women advocates, and anyone looking to be inspired. 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