James Johnson Named Winner of PPGJLI’s Social Change Writing Contest


St. Paul, MN – May 25, 2022 – Planting People Growing Justice™ Leadership Institute (PPGJLI) has announced that James Johnson is the winner of its 2022 Adult Writing Contest. His book, “Ol’ Jim Crow’s Jubilee Day Caper,” will be released on Juneteenth (June 19, 2022).

“We are very pleased to announce that James Johnson is the 2022 winner of our writing competition for adults,” said PPGJLI founder Dr. Artika Tyner. “We look forward to celebrating his accomplishments as a community historian, valued educator and agent of change. »

J. Darnell Johnson is from south Minneapolis. He intertwined his love for African American history and culture with raising children. Johnson is the education director of Evolve Family Services, committed to serving as an anti-racist and anti-oppressive organization. He dedicated the book to “all young social justice superheroes who are finding their superpowers through reading.”

The theme of the writing competition was: Writing for Social Change. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, through a Legislative Appropriation of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Participants submitted original manuscripts focused on equality and inclusion. As the winner, Johnson will receive a cash prize and copies of her published book. He will also be honored at the annual PPGJLI community celebration.

Johnson beautifully captures the spirit of Jubilee Day in the 20-page book featuring African Americans celebrating the end of slavery. From a cloud, a politician, Jim Crow, is still trying to disrupt the festivities and spread anti-black racism after more than 100 years. No matter what he does, Crow can’t crush the spirits of the celebrants.

Jubilee Day, now known as Juneteenth, marks the day June 19, 1865, when Federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX to ensure that over 250,000 enslaved black people were freed. This happened two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation which ended slavery. In 1890, Juneteenth was celebrated as Jubilee Day by African Americans across Texas.

Over the years, Juneteenth has been known by many names, including Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Black Independence Day, and Jubilee Day. Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth – Juneteenth. The day is now a federal holiday and celebrated by African Americans on June 19 each year with red food and drink parties in remembrance of their ties to West African traditions.


PPGJLI seeks to sow the seeds of social change through education, training and community outreach. The non-profit organization is committed to inspiring and equipping 10,000 leaders around the world. PPGJLI was founded to promote literacy and diversity in children’s books. PPGJLI focuses on the future of social change and community development by fostering leadership within every person.

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