In Memory: Ella Mae Johnson
When Ella Mae Johnson got her master’s degree in social work more than 80 years ago, she was not allowed to stay on the present-day Case Western Reserve University campus in Cleveland because she was black.
Johnson went on to have a long career in social work. She also got noticed by National Public Radio when at age 105 she braved the cold to attend President Obama’s Inauguration. The determined Johnson wore a stylish jacket and pearls under the sleeping bag her nurse covered her with.
“My hope for him is my hope for the country,” she explained. “If he fails, the country fails. He knows, and he says, ‘Not me, but you. Not us, but all of us.’ ”
Johnson died March 22 at age 106, not long after finishing her soon-to-be-published memoir “It Is Well With My Soul: The Extraordinary Life Of A 106-Year-Old Woman.”Leave A Comment