Get the Show on the Road
GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD “A ‘feel good’ story that shows a different and refreshing twist to black romance fiction. Good reading for the young at heart, but required reading for those who want to stereotype Blacks and emasculate the strong African-American male role model outside of Sports and Entertainment.”
– Atlanta Daily World, Atlanta, Georgia
‘It should be mandated by the law of the land that everyone read GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD by Evelyn Allen Johnson, for it will be an everlasting experience.”
– The Birmingham Times/The Western Times, Birmingham, Alabama
“GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD is a story full of love, hope and inspiration, so skillfully woven with emotion, humor, passion and surprise that one can’t put it down until finished. Readers need more books like this!”
– Herald-Dispatch, Los Angeles ,CA
GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD is a must read. A modern day love story that paints a positive picture of African- American relationships. Evelyn Allen Johnson has outdone herself.
– The New Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh, PA
Pillar of determination
Los Angeles resident Evelyn Allen Johnson has been writing since she was five years old, thanks to a man who labored on the railroads for a living.
“My father was responsible for me reading and writing. He loved literature. He taught me to read and write by the time I was four,” explained Johnson who said she arrived in kindergarten with an interest in the arts, literature and poetry courtesy of her dad.
But growing up in 1930s Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and aspiring to a career as a writer was unheard of for African Americans, so Johnson turned to nursing.
Writing, however, would not leave her alone, and she penned novels in her spare time.
“My first novel published, My Neighbor’s Island, won an award from the Vassie B. Wright Our Author’s Study Club in the early 1960s,” said Johnson, who was inspired by God to write her stories.
My Neighbor’s Island was published by Vanity Press and was about a black family moving into an all white neighborhood.
“I was inspired to write that and have it published, because that was the experience I had when I moved into Baldwin Hills. In 1968, the climate here was so terrible. We were the first blacks on the street. Kenny Washington moved in about the same time, and it was difficult. The neighbors didn’t speak to you, and didn’t want your children associated with their children,” recalled Johnson, who was in her late 40s at the time.
Like her subsequent books, her first novel exposed people to the African American experience. But even as she was writing about the experience, Johnson was also a member of the Watts Writers’ Workshop, and was living the story as she struggled to get her book published.
“I went to New York down Madison Avenue. I went to all the top publishers. They wouldn’t even talk to me back in the 1960s. They would say black people don’t read, and white people would not be interested in what you have to say. We’re in the business to make money, so no we can’t publish your book.”
The only place that would publish African American authors in the 1960s was Vanity Press, and so that’s where Johnson went with My Neighbor’s Island.
Johnson has subsequently written other books that called on her experiences as a nurse and growing up in America. In fact, her latest book Pillar of Salt explores what it’s like to grow up in 1930s Pittsburgh.
“I wanted to take them back to that time to let them see what life was like during that period; what black people had to overcome–discrimination and segregation in a Northern city,” explained Johnson, who has written the story of a community filled with African Americans and immigrants.
She wrote about their lives, loves, aspirations, dreams and about their deaths.
But even in 2006, she still could not get mainstream publishers to consider her work because of its “sensitive” nature, Lynray Press was founded by her late husband, Atty. Raymond L. Johnson, Sr.. Evelyn feels that without his intervention her books would never have been made available to readers, thus educating numerous to the truth regarding race relations in America and leading to positive change.
The ultimate goal with Lynray Press, said the public health nurse, is to publish the works of other African American authors with talent, a story to tell but no one to publish them.
Mt. St Mary’s University and it’s Department of Nursing Honors
By Special to the Sentinel
By EVELYN ALLEN JOHNSON
Special to the Sentinel
Evelyn Allen Johnson, Nurse and Author was honored by Mt. St Mary’s University and it’s Department of Nursing on March 14, 2018. Following Evelyn’s teaching a class for Nurses, a beautiful luncheon with faculty and students present was held in her honor inside a campus historical home. Evelyn was indeed appreciative upon acceptance of the beautifully framed document, which expressed appreciation to her, “For her commitment and lifelong leadership and education of nurses”. Janet Wise, Mt. St. Mary’s Director of Nursing, presented the award. Evelyn, responded with an expression of her gratitude, and the joy she has encountered in her association with the University, it’s illustrious faculty, select students and it’s superior role in the delivery of high quality education to nursing students.
Evelyn Allen Johnson, Nurse and Author was honored by Mt. St. Mary’s University and it’s Department of Nursing at a special Luncheon held in her honor. She was presented an Award for ,“Her Commitment and Lifelong Leadership and Education of Nurses.” Pictured at the Luncheon are, lt to rt., Nurse Evelyn Allen Johnson, Honoree; Janet Wise, Director of Nursing at Mt. St. Mary’s University and Danise Lerher, Former Director of Ciinical Services at West Side Regional Center.
Evelyn was born and educated in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA., where she was refused a Nursing Education although she rated second highest among those students in her high school desirous of becoming Nurses. She was told that colored girls were not accepted for an education into the nursing profession. She later applied to Howard University in Washington, D.C. and was accepted into the former Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing, now Howard University School of Nursing. She is a R.N. Cum Laude having taken the National Licensing Boards with white students from George Washington and Georgetown Universities and scoring the second highest in the District of Columbia, as recorded in the Washington Post. She attended Catholic University of America and received a B.S.N. and P.H. N. from California State University at Los Angeles. She has vast Nursing experience in the practice of Nursing, Nursing Administration and Teaching. She was privileged to have served as a Surgical Operating Room Nurse with the eminent Dr. Charles Drew. He was the Physician-Surgeon-Scientist that developed the previously much sought after method of separating plasma from blood, preserving the plasma and setting up the first blood bank, thus saving millions of lives through out the world. She has worked extensively in hospitals through out the country including Strong Memorial Hospital at the University Of Rochester in N,Y. where she acted as Head Nurse in the Premature Nursery. In Washington D.C. she was employed as the first Colored Nurse at Garfield Memorial Hospital, an Acute white Hospital, thus breaking the barrier of segregation active at that time. She was later employed at George Washington University Hospital and served with Dr. Byron Blades, world renown Thoracic Surgeon, as a member of his surgical team.
After becoming a Board Certified, Professional Nurse, she returned home to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. With excellent credentials, she was unable to obtain employment , because, as she was told, colored nurses could not be hired there, even in the Veterans Administration. Evelyn then went to the Asheville Colored Hospital, in Asheville, N. C. where her Aunt and mentor, Mattie Bynum Arnold was both Director of Nursing and Hospital Administrator. She describes her Nursing experiences there as the most exciting, complicated and exhausting of her nursing Career.
Evelyn served as a U. S. Cadet Nurse while a Student and as a result she was required to render six months of service to either the armed forces or a special entity so specified. She had applied to serve in the Army, Navy or on an Indian Reservation, but none were accepting colored Nurses. She was therefore sent to the Veterans Hospital in Tuskegee, Alabama, which was assigned to Colored Veterans.
In Los Angeles she has been employed as a Critical Care Nurse for Children’s and Cedars Sinai Hospitals, as a Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City School Nurse, Director of Nursing for Skilled Nursing Facilities, Director of Nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital, Nursing Supervisor for West Los Angeles Kaiser Permanente Hospital and Nurse Consultant for Westside and South Central Los Angeles Regional Centers for the Developmental Disabled.
Evelyn is an accomplished, Award Winning author. Her books, “PILLAR OF SALT’,’’ ‘’GET THE SHOW ON THE ROAD,’’ ‘’ MY NEIGHBOR’S ISLAND’’ and “A NURSE’S NOTES”, which is soon to be released are available on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, your favorite bookstore and all E-Books. She has authored numerous articles available on the Internet and You Tube. She is recipient of the Vassie D. Wright, Our Authors Study Club Award for “My Neighbor’s Island”, also rated Number 1 Hit on Amazon. She was named Phenomenal Woman by KJLHFM.
Evelyn and her deceased husband, Raymond L. Johnson, Sr.an Attorney and former Tuskegee Airman, Charles Drew University Professor, Judge Pro-tem for the County and Superior Courts, former Director of the Small Business Development Agency, NAACP Executive, founder of Lynray Press and a leader in many other Civic and National Organizations, were married 61 years. They raised three children, Raymond Johnson, Jr. , an attorney and current District Attorney Candidate in Birmingham, Alabama; Marjorie Johnson Warren, a physician and Robert Johnson a Dentist.
Evelyn stated, as she fulfills her duties as an actively employed nurse of 75 years, “This recognition, from such a prestigious University as Mt. St. Mary and it’s national acclaimed Nursing Department is indeed the highlight of my Nursing Career. Thank you, Mt St .Mary’s University and your Nursing Department for this most valued and cherished Honor.”
Author Evelyn Allen Johnson’s My Neighbor’s Island Now Available!
Blacks Moved in Next Door! Mrs. Armstrong objected to their complexion. But in her time of need, she never noticed the color of their helping hands.
imageFirst published in 1968, this second edition of My Neighbor’s Island (Lynray Press) exposes new generations to the origins of the affluent Black neighborhoods of The Dons, Baldwin Hills, View Park, Ladera Heights and more. What happens when a prominent Black obstetrician and his wife—who happens to be a nurse– move into an upscale White neighborhood in Los Angeles during the beginning of “White flight” in the 1960s? Award winning author Evelyn Allen Johnson recounts one family’s experience in a fast paced read, which, though fiction, is loosely based on her real life saga when her young family’s dream home perched on a hill, nearly became a nightmare against the backdrop of the ”progressive” Los Angeles skyline.
Barnes and Noble’s synopsis: This book treats the problems, issues and emotional attitudes that arise when a Black family moves into an all-White neighborhood. The author has a talent for realistic, dramatic situations and an unerring eye for the detection of social evil.
imageThe story revolves around two families—the Burtons, a black household, and their neighbors, the Armstrongs. Mrs. Armstrong suffers from many conventional prejudices and from fears for the value of her house and land. She is restrained from moving only by her husband and daughter, who see beyond her limiting views.
Dr. Burton, a distinguished obstetrician, his wife and his child want only to live accordingly to the standard that best suits their tastes and income. The conflict that develops between the families is stark evidence of the unreasoning hostility that arises out of ignorance and fear.
It takes an accident and a dramatic birth to open the way for friendship and civilized behavior. The reader will find much to ponder, much to engross him or her, but, above all, what will emerge is a striking example of the truth that people of different racial backgrounds can live together in harmony if they try.
Mrs. Johnson knows her characters; the dialogue rings true. A perceptive, dynamic exposure of a gnawing contemporary problem vital to everyone, this unassuming book, with its familiar, true-to-life approach, may well accomplish more than many a heavy and scholarly volume.
Evelyn Allen Johnson was born and educated in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. Mrs. Johnson is a R.N. Cum Laude and graduate of the former Freedmen’s Hospital School of Nursing, currently Howard University School of Nursing. She attended Catholic University of America and received a B.S.N. and P.H.N. from California State University at Los Angeles. She has vast Nursing experience in the practice of Nursing, Nursing Administration and Teaching. She has concentrated on Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Public School Nursing and Nursing Administration. She received the Los Angeles Our Authors’ Study Club’s Vassie D. Wright Award for My Neighbor’s Island. Evelyn was inspired to write My Neighbor’s Island after she, her husband and their three children moved into the upscale, previously all white, restricted covenant community of Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles, CA.
Mrs. Johnson was so disturbed by the events that occurred following her family moving to Baldwin Hills, that she penned My Neighbor’s Island. She determined racial strife in America is founded on segregation of the black and white races, which has prevented their getting to know and respect one another as human beings and fellow Americans. She hopes My Neighbor’s Island will serve as enlightenment, to encourage togetherness, love and respect thus preventing despair, unrest and inequality in our great country.
She has also written numerous other works including, Pillar of Salt, Get The Show On The Road and a book of poetry, A Nurse’s Notes.
For over sixty years, Mrs. Johnson has lived in Los Angeles with her late husband Raymond L. Johnson, Sr., an original Tuskegee Airman, an Attorney, Judge Pro-tem and Assistant Professor for Charles R. Drew University School of Medicine. They have three children, Raymond Jr., also an attorney, Marjorie Johnson Warren, a physician and Robert, a dentist.
My Neighbor’s Island is now available in hardcover for $9.95 while an affordable Kindle edition is available for download at BarnesandNoble.com, Amazon.com and wherever fine books are sold. For more information about the other novels Mrs. Johnson has penned, visit evelynallenjohnsonauthorca.com.
A Tribute to President Obama: A Poem by Evelyn Allen Johnson
On this, the final week of the President Obama Administration, I thought it would be a good time to revisit my poem that I recorded for him sone time ago. This was posted in 2012 at the beginning of his second term.
A Tribute to President Obama: A Poem by Evelyn Allen Johnson
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Literary Award Winning Author Releases Novels in Electronic Format
Tech-savvy author Evelyn Allen Johnson releases E-Books of her popular novels Get the Show on the Road and Pillar of Salt to a new generation
Available now, “Get The Show on the Road” and “Pillar of Salt” are being marketed not only at your favorite book store, one can also purchase them on line at Amazon.com (for the KINDLE) or Barnes & Noble.com (for the NOOK,) as E-Books as well as with other E-Book distributors. They are also available for the Kindle free apps on smart phones and modern tablets like the iPad.
Ms. Johnson has just gone through a tumultuous time with the passing of her husband Tuskegee Airman and Atty. Raymond Johnson, Sr. in 2012, (after 62 years of marriage) but has twice come out of retirement where she works as a Public Health Nurse who trains RNs and other nurses.
This octogenarian had authored two books a few years ago, but with the sudden life change, Ms. Johnson decided to keep pursuing her dream of sharing her novels with a new generation. Through her publishing company, Lyn Ray Press, she worked tirelessly to get the books ready for the electronic format and she is ecstatic that they are now available at a great savings to all readers.
“The hard copy of Pillar of Salt sold for $27, but the digital version is only a fraction of that, “ said Ms. Johnson.
“My writing has two major purposes and that is to inspire and to educate, sometimes with humor but always in a thought provoking, entertaining and intellectual manner. I feel an obligation to introduce the general public, White and Black and particularly young African- Americans to successful blacks who have achieved and excelled in the roles of higher education and business in spite of deliberate and seemingly insurmountable barriers.”
When the method of reading changed from hardbacks to e-books, and offline to online, Ms. Johnson decided to keep up with the times. Her two sons and daughter (an attorney, dentist and doctor respectively) help her with her iMac and iPhone at which she has become quite proficient.
Her first book, “Get The Show On The Road” is the story of a young, black woman named Africa Jones and her struggle for a college education, which she determines is her ticket out of poverty. Africa lives with her widowed mother, teen brother, unmarried sister and sister’s baby in a small West Los Angeles home. Her salary as a Nurses’ Aide is necessary to help support the family. Africa, also a full time student, attends California State University, where she is studying to fulfill her dream of becoming a professional nurse. Quite unexpectedly, she meets–and against her better judgment–falls in love with a handsome, young physician from a wealthy and prominent family. Their tumultuous love affair is filled with unexpected rejection, doubt and suspense, which threaten Africa’s much sought secure future. You will experience an exciting and realistic tale of love, as you follow Africa’s fight for the realization of her dreams.
“PILLAR of SALT” This story takes place during the period of the great depression, in the 1930’s and 40’s era, when numerous Blacks left the South for jobs and a better life of freedom in the North, thinking they were leaving behind old “Jim Crow” and discrimination. It is an account of a Black man’s struggle to raise his son during overt discrimination of the time. Diversified characters of various ethnic backgrounds play significant roles in the life of Jess Barker and his son, Johnny. Joblessness, hunger and deprivation are prevalent. Jess defies barriers, as he strives to make a living and provide a quality education for his son. Although poverty is a constant obstacle, their living is rich and colorful. Neighbors are supportive and coexist. A series of women play important roles in Jess’ life. Even though the color of one’s skin is significant, love blooms and tragedy results. A destructive bitterness evolves. Jess’s ambition for his son, Johnny’s reactions, love and reality bring this novel to an historic conclusion.
The award winning author was named Phenomenal Woman by KJLH FM. She is available for speaking engagements and book signings.
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