Daily Chapel: Civil Rights Leader Josie Johnson
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Thursday, February 13, 2014
at 11:00 AM
Boe Memorial Chapel,
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Lisa Brown


This morning's speaker for Black History Month is Josie Johnson, one of Minnesota’s most celebrated civil rights leaders.

Among her numerous accomplishments, Johnson served as a community organizer for the Minneapolis Urban League, becoming its director in 1968. She also served as a legislative liaison to the mayor of Minneapolis, as chief of staff for the lieutenant governor of Colorado, and as the deputy manager of the Jimmy Carter presidential campaign in Tennessee.

Johnson taught in the African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota and became the first African American appointed to the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. She served as the associate vice president for academic affairs at the university and as a senior fellow at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs. As diversity director, Johnson also oversaw the All-University Forum.

The University of Minnesota created the Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award in 1997 in her honor.

The St. Olaf Gospel Choir and members of the Cultural Union for Black Expression will also participate in today's service.

Daily Chapel is a time of inspiration for body, mind, and spirit; a quiet harbor in a busy day; worship. Students, faculty, and staff witness to their faith and invite the community to join them. All are welcome!

If you are unable to join us in person, but would like to watch live or archived chapel services, please click the web link above.

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