2011-10-20 / General Stories

Gloryland Author visits Blinn Campuses

Award winning author and park ranger shares forgotten history of Yosemite National Park

Active park ranger and author Shelton Johnson visits Blinn College’s Bryan and Brenham campuses this month to discuss “Tribal Dreams: Reclaiming an Indigenous Vision.” Johnson describes the work as a historical novel that connects African Americans to National Parks, but in so doing he discovered a more potent tie between Africans in America and the home they would eventually make in the New World.

Johnson’s talk covers the journey of one man who grew up in the inner city but found his true home in the mountains and how his “discovery” of a forgotten history in Yosemite National Park would illuminate a path back to Wilderness, to Africa, to the earth. The acclaimed author of “Gloryland,” has been a featured expert on Ken Burns’ “ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea,” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show” discussing the topic of connecting African Americans to our National Parks. The presentation is sponsored by Blinn College’s Divisions of Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.

About the author: Shelton Johnson has worked for the National Park Service since 1987 and currently serves as a ranger in Yosemite National Park. He has presented his original livinghistory program about a buffalo soldier at venues around the country and has received many honors and awards for this work. He and his wife and son live just outside Yosemite.

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