Johnson to discuss 'Justice For Ella' at LWB

Pam Johnson of Brandon is speaking at Luncheon With Books, at noon, Wednesday, June 12, at the Bryan Public Library.
Staff Writer

Before venturing out on her own as a publicist, political strategist, and media and issues management consultant, Pam Johnson was executive director of the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women and the Mississippi Association for Justice.

She was Assistant Secretary of State for Policy and Publications and served as the Office of the State Auditor’s first communications coordinator. She had the perfect background to write a book about injustice toward a woman during the Civil Rights Era.

Johnson participated in the first Mississippi Book Festival as author of "Justice for Ella," in 2014, a true story of Mississippi’s Civil Rights era featuring two brave women who beat the harsh system of discrimination and segregation in 1960’s Noxubee County.

Johnson is coming to speak at noon, June 12, during the June session of Luncheon With Books in the Esther Pippen Meeting room of the Bryan Public Library. LWB is sponsored by Friends of the Library, and lunch is provided with a $6 donation to Friends.

"Pam Johnson was highly recommended to me by Jackie Warren Tatum," Lucille Armstrong, president of Friends, said. "As I trust Jackie's opinion completely, I knew Pam would be perfect to speak at Luncheon With Books. This will be her first visit with us. I hope it won't be the last."

Johnson is past president of the Board of Directors of the Center for Violence Prevention, a domestic violence shelter in Pearl that serves survivors of interpersonal violence and human trafficking. She was on the team that helped establish the SANE program in Mississippi, offering sexual assault victims compassionate and effective care, resulting in a stronger system for successful prosecution of attackers.

"With the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act upon us, here’s a story sure to attract attention" Johnson said. "And deservedly so. It tells the tale of an unlikely friendship between a white woman and a black woman in Mississippi in the 1950s. The story opens with the unjustified arrest of Ella Gaston and her husband, who are pulled over while driving and arrested in front of their children for no other reason than their skin color."

Armstrong invites everyone who enjoys history and good storytelling to Luncheon With Books.