HOPE IN THE STRUGGLE Launch Event with Josie R. Johnson

Join Josie R. Johnson, Carolyn Holbrook, and Arleta Little in a conversation for a special launch event to celebrate the publication of Hope in the Struggle: A Memoir. The event will be held in the Cowles Auditorium of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the University of Minnesota Press. Books will be available for purchase at the event from the University of Minnesota Bookstore. Registration required as space is limited.

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM — Program in Cowles Auditorium

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Dessert reception & book signing in the atrium

For accessibility accommodations, please contact Meredith Smalley (msmalley@umn.edu, 612-301-2102). Parking as available in the 19th Avenue Ramp.

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 a 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

“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

“Dr. Josie Johnson’s memoir poignantly captures nearly sixty years of the struggle for Civil Rights. Written from the perspective of a community activist, parent, scholar, and university administrator, Johnson has articulated well the issues confronting the movement for social justice in the United States.” —David Vassar Taylor, former dean, General College of the University of Minnesota

“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. 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