It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman

It Is Well with My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-Old Woman

by Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson, Patricia Mulcahy
     
 

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An African American centenarian who saw W. E. B. Du Bois speak in 1924 and attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 shares wisdom from a life well lived during a crucial period in American history


Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson was an inspirational, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind woman, whose ordinary life was nothing less than extraordinary

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An African American centenarian who saw W. E. B. Du Bois speak in 1924 and attended President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 shares wisdom from a life well lived during a crucial period in American history


Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson was an inspirational, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind woman, whose ordinary life was nothing less than extraordinary throughout the course of her 106 years. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Ella Mae was the child of former slaves and experienced the best and worst of the past century in America—from the Jim Crow era and the Great Depression to the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009, which she memorably attended. Through it all, she endured—and thrived—by adhering to the example of the Good Samaritan: the belief that compassion is the key to the good life and offering to help without expecting payback brings its own rewards. In It Is Well with My Soul, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson shares her insights on living a long and enjoyable life and her hopes for the future.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101404324
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/31/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
300 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Richard Glaubman
Ella Mae's memoir describes a parallel history of the black experience in our nation that is so rarely recorded. After living a life of quiet dignity, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson, in It Is Well with My Soul shares a story that is inspiring and uplifting. (Richard Glaubman, coauthor of Life is So Good)

Meet the Author

Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson was born in 1904 in Dallas, Texas. In 1924, she saw W.E.B. DuBois speak at Fisk University, and in 2009, she attended Barack Obama's presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C. She is a great-grandmother and lives in Cleveland, Ohio.

Patricia Mulcahy is a freelance writer who has worked on books including The Autobiography of Quincy Jones, Ten Minutes from Normal, and A Freewheelin' Time. She lives in New York City.

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