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Dr. Josie R. Johnson to Release Memoir

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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.