It Is Well with My Soul

| September 9, 2010

Title: It is well with my soul : the extraordinary life of a 106-year-old woman
Author: Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson with Patricia Mulcahy
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, c2010
Check It Out: E185.97.J67 A3 2010

From the Publisher: On January 20, 2009, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson woke up “before dawn and put on [her] pearls and layers of clothes” (p. 164) before making her way to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There the 105-year-old woman waited for eight hours—in a frigid cold that discouraged others just a fraction of her age—so that she could witness Barack Obama’s inauguration as President of the United States. As incredible as her stamina and determination were that day, her attendance simply marked one more chapter in a life that was never less than inspirational.

About the Authors: 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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