Growing up and living in conflict with the social mores and standards of the Mississippi Delta, school teacher Bern Gresham must find solutions for a wide array of formidable complications as he battles against significant economic poverty and racial divides. His personal life becomes a quagmire of family deaths, deep depression, and unrelenting anger that he must reconcile in order to find joy and a belief that life is worth living, even in the darkness that comfortably shades but oppressively shackled life in the Delta.
Born and raised in Jackson and coming of age during the early years of the Civil Rights Movement, Johnson was a first hand eyewitness to the violence and upheaval that turned a national spotlight on Mississippi. Finding a talent for writing as a teen, Johnson always knew a book was in the future, but a 40 year career in public education as both teacher and administrator took priority. That career began in the infamous town of Money, MS where the Emmett Till murder story began. Those early years impacted Johnson in a profound way as even today this writer remains in the ranks of those still pushing back against racism and inequality.
Johnson graduated from Jackson Central High School and received both a Bachelors and Masters degree from Delta State University in Cleveland, MS. The writer has lived in Texas for the past 35 years but has never forgotten the roots set down while growing up in the Magnolia State.
Her second book Fishing the Dust of Kenya is also available on Amazon. Johnson is hard at work on her next book.