Cheryl Brown Wattley

We are excited to host author Cheryl Brown Wattley in-store on Thursday, July 18th with her book, Desire to Serve: The Autobiography of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

 

Description


Desire to Serve is the autobiography of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (1934-2023), a thirty-year member of the United States House of Representatives, in her words as told to Cheryl Brown Wattley. It chronicles Johnson growing up in segregated Waco, Texas; attending St. Mary's nursing school in South Bend, Indiana; working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Dallas, Texas, as a chief psychiatric nurse; serving in the Texas House; being appointed as the regional director for Health, Education, and Welfare; being elected as a Texas state senator; and serving thirty years as a congressional representative from North Texas. For each of these positions, she was either the first African American or first African American woman to hold the position.

Johnson's narrative of the duties and responsibilities of elected officials gives an insider's view of the way government works--or doesn't work. Highlights of Johnson's political career include her support of NAFTA and the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act; the failure of the Health Security Act; her support of the Patient Recovery and Affordable Care Act, as well as the CHIPS-Science Act; her service as the chairwoman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; and her membership on the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

 

About the Author


CHERYL BROWN WATTLEY is professor of law at the UNT Dallas College of Law. She received her juris doctorate degree from Boston University College of Law and is the author of A Step toward Brown v. Board of Education: Ada Lois Sipuel Fisher and Her Fight to End Segregation.
Thursday, July 18th, 6:00PM
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Desire to Serve: The Autobiography of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson

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By Cheryl Brown Wattley

Desire to Serve: The Autobiography of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson By Cheryl Brown Wattley (With) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781574419504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Texas Press - July 8th, 2024

Desire to Serve: The Autobiography of Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson By Cheryl Brown Wattley (With) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781574419504
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of North Texas Press - July 8th, 2024

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