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Meet author of ‘Friendship 9’ book Jan. 12

Meet Kimberly P. Johnson, author of “No Fear for Freedom: the Story of the Friendship 9,” during the Guild of the Museum of York County’s monthly meeting at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Museum of York County, 2641 Mount Gallant Road.

This January, 54 years after the “Jail, No Bail” sit-in and arrest, Rock Hill’s Friendship Nine re-enter the courtroom to have their records vacated. To further the celebration of civil rights, a new musical based on Johnson’s book premieres at the Emmett Scott Center’s McGirt Auditorium in Rock Hill. Released last February, “No Fear for Freedom” is the first book published that tells the story of the Friendship Nine.

Johnson will be the guest speaker, sharing her journey on writing the book and the makings of the musical. The event is free and open to the public. “No Fear for Freedom” is available for purchase from the museum store, and Johnson will be available for book signing.

Johnson is a native of Shelby, N.C. She lives in South Carolina and is pursuing a doctor of education degree from Northeastern University in Boston.

Johnson has been recognized on many national levels, including an invitation by President George Bush and the first lady to read her work at the White House. Johnson was named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International, is featured in the Earl Scruggs Center’s Musicians and Storytellers of the American South, and has been featured in Southern Living Magazine for her work in literacy. Johnson has written 15 children books and visits schools throughout the U.S. teaching students how to become better writers.

For her book “No Fear for Freedom” Johnson conducted interviews with each of the men of the Friendship Nine and wrote the book to teach children about the Rock Hill sit-in that changed the course of civil rights history for the nation.

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