Due to recent inclement weather, the date for our Founders’ Day Convocation has been moved to Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.
Bennett College welcomes Barbara Johnson, Bennett alumna and author of A Head of Cabbage, as this year’s Founders’ Day Convocation Keynote Speaker on Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Chapel on the campus. Ms. Johnson will share from her recently published memoir that chronicles the story of her life-threatening journey to receive a college education.
Her story, as documented in this debut work, won her first place in the Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Contest and recognition from the Charlotte Writers’ Club in 2020.
At 18-years-old, Barbara’s father threatened to kill her if she went to school against his will. Lacking support from either of her parents, Barbara was forced to pursue her academic aspirations in secret.
Thanks to her unwavering conviction, she was eventually accepted to Bennett College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1977.
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A Book Signing will follow.
Live Stream will be available at www.Bennett.edu/live.
About Alumna & Author Barbara Johnson ’77
Barbara Johnson was born in Leasburg, North Carolina and grew up in a sharecropping family. She graduated in 1977 from Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a degree in Sociology.
After a rewarding career in Telecommunications with AT&T, Barbara joined the Charlotte Writer’s Club and the North Carolina Writers Network. Barbara won first place in the Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Contest and in the Charlotte Writers Club in 2020.
Barbara has given voice to her writing in several venues including The Matthews Playhouse, Queens University, Ascension Lutheran Church and The Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius, NC. A Head of Cabbage is her first published. Barbara lives with her husband, George Davis in Charlotte, North Carolina.