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~Author Looks at Power of Love to Conquer Hate~

For immediate release:
November 5, 2003

Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Nonfiction writer Sandra E. Johnson, author of Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph Over Hate Crime in the Deep South, will read from her work on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 4:30 pm in the Library Lecture Room.

Since its release, Standing on Holy Ground has garnered warm reviews by O: The Oprah Magazine, USA Today, Southern Living and other national publications. It was also selected for a 2003 Christopher Award for Literature.

“After completing a proposal for Standing on Holy Ground: A Triumph over Hate Crime in the Deep South, I was blessed to connect with a literary agency (Sterling Lord Literistic) and a publisher (St. Martin’s Press), who believed in the book as much as I did,” says Johnson on her Web site ( “Standing on Holy Ground was released May 1, 2002, and I have been overwhelmed by the wonderful responses of readers. Like me, they have found (this) saga to be one about the infinite possibilities and power of faith, perseverance, justice, forgiveness, reconciliation, and most important of all, love.”

Johnson’s reading is co-sponsored by the Writing Program, the Dean of Spiritual Life, Africana Studies and Peace and Justice Studies. This is the second in a series of author visits to campus during academic year 2003-2004 to be sponsored by the Writing Program. For more information, contact Lynne Viti at x3773.

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an excellent liberal-arts education for women who will make a difference in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries.


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