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MEET DR. JOSIE R. JOHNSON
Meet Mama Josie
Dr. Josie R. Johnson is a “living legend” in Minnesota. An educator, activist and public servant for more than seven decades, she is a beloved member of the local and national civil rights community. She has been involved with civil rights and campaigns both locally and nationally. In the 1950s and '60s, Johnson lobbied to pass Minnesota's anti-discrimination laws. She was also at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s side at the March on Washington in 1963. She is a committed champion for fair housing, equal employment and better educational outcomes for children.
Dr. Johnson is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She also was the recipient of the Committed to the Vision Award from the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. Her story is an integral part of Minneapolis’ identity. She published her memoir “Hope in the Struggle” in 2019.
"We will survive, we will live, and we will hope."
- Dr. Josie R. Johnson
Learn more about Dr. Josie
Meet Dr. Josie
Black History Month: Civil Rights Icon Josie Johnson reflects on the importance of African-American
Remarks from Dr. Josie Johnson
We honor Dr. Josie Johnson
The American Dream Deferred: Redlining and Fair Housing
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