Making headlines today is an El Paso mother, Shoshana Johnson who will be having a book signing at the Barnes and Noble on the Westside. This is not the first time she has been featured in local media, however.
You may remember the headlines in March of 2003 when the United States learned that several soldiers were killed and several more were taken hostage. Jessica Lynch has been the most well-known of the soldiers captured at that time and held as prisoners of war. Shoshana Johnson, a native of Panama who grew up in the United States and attended school in El Paso, was taken prisoner also. Johnson was a cook with the 507th Maintainence Company out of Ft. Bliss.
Her new book, “I’m Still Standing” is a memoir account of her time spent as a prisoner of war in Operation Iraqi Freedom that began just days after the start of the war. From the inside flap:
“Jessica Lynch became the face and name associated with this tragedy, but another female soldier, Shoshana Johnson, was also wounded and captured in the ambush. A video of Shoshana being interrogated by her captors was soon broadcast on Spanish-language television and then picked up by American media. Shoshana had become the first black female prisoner of war in United States history. She was held for twenty-two days.”
You have a chance to visit with Shoshana Johnson and get a copy of her book signed by attending the book signing today, February 13, 2010. It will be held at the Barnes and Noble on Sunland Park across from the Sunland Park Mall from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Original headline source:
KTSM Channel 9 - Shoshana Johnson Speaks About Her Book
Shoshana Johnson Official Website: www.shoshanajohnson.com