The MENC initiative is meant to educate communities to adopt a nonviolent lifestyle in the way in which we were culturally trained by our ancestors, to love and care of our elders. We have a big problem in our community with elder abuse. We need your help in telling the stories for the scared and voiceless elders in your community. There are resources and information online at: MNElderNonviolence.org to report abuse and get help.
It is your elder abuse stories that will bring about change in our community. Please call the elder abuse testifier voicemail at: 651.324.9561 or submit your story online at: mneldernonviolence.org under TAKE ACTION.
Dr. Josie R. Johnson Bio:
An activist for equality for over five-decades, Dr. Josie Johnson is one of Minnesota’s most celebrated civil rights leaders. She has been called a “trailblazer” and “The First Lady of Minnesota Civil Rights.” In the 1950’s and 1960’s she lobbied to pass Minnesota’s anti-discrimination laws, was part of a small group of Minnesotans who took part in the historic March on Washington and served as a community organizer for the Minneapolis Urban League, eventually becoming its director in 1968. In her career, Dr. Johnson served as a legislative liaison to the Mayor of Minneapolis during the Civil Rights upheaval, served as Chief of Staff for the Lt. Governor of Colorado, and worked as the organizer for the Jimmy /Walter Mondale campaign in Tennessee and Kentucy.
Dr. Johnson taught in the African American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota and became the first African American appointed by the Legislature to the Board of Regents at the U of M. She served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and a Senior Fellow for the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs and directed their All-University Forum as diversity director. The University of Minnesota created “The Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award” in 1997 in her honor.
Recently, Dr. Johnson published her memoir, “Hope In The Struggle” and is often found throughout the community engaging youth in conversation about the love of community that was passed down from our ancestors.