Author Talk: An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones
After moving to New York from South Carolina in 1946 to work as a cook in private homes, Josephine E. Jones–a South Carolina sharecropper’s daughter born in 1920–becomes a Harlem activist, and, in the 1960s, perhaps the first black supervisor at a Fortune 500 company.
An Extraordinary Life: Josephine E. Jones by Wendy Jones is an American story, a Great Migration story, a New York story, a black family’s story, a mother-daughter story, and the story of a woman’s fight for creativity in the workplace.
About the author:
Ms. Jones’s first play, “In Pursuit of Justice: A One-Woman Play about Ida B. Wells,” starring Janice Jenkins, won four AUDELCO awards. Her work has appeared in The Point: Where Teaching & Writing Intersect, Streetlights: Illuminating Tales of the Urban Black Experience, theravensperch.com , and Unity Magazine. A former tenured English professor, she earned a B. A. in Literature from Yale University and an M. F. A. in Fiction from Columbia University.