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Dr. Josie R. Johnson to Release Memoir
Dr. Josie Johnson, Fisk ’51, the daughter of a Houston civil rights activist, has been on the front lines of the struggle for justice and equality since she was a teen, going door-to-door to campaign in Texas for the removal of a “poll tax” used to deny African-Americans the right to vote. A graduate of Fisk University in Nashville – a historically Black university – Johnson became an influential figure in politics, serving as chief of staff for multiple campaigns and serving as a Minnesota DFL delegate who cast a vote in the historic 2008 presidential election that saw the election of the nation’s first Black president, Barack Obama. She holds the distinction of being the first African-American to serve on the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents. Read more.