The Long Beach Ministers Alliance will host the Cookie Johnson, “Believing In Magic” book-signing event on Saturday, December 10, at 1 p.m., at the Michelle Obama Library, 5870 Atlantic Ave. in Long Beach.
“Cookie is best known as the wife of Earvin “Magic” Johnson and mother to “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” star, E.J. Johnson. Now, she steps out of the shadows and becomes the light of hope for marriages, family, faith and fortitude,” said the Rev. Gregory Sanders, LBMA president.
“The release of Cookie’s new book sheds astounding insight into a world that transcends sports and introduces family choices, pain, success and hope.”
In her new memoir, she shares details of her marriage, motherhood, faith, and how an HIV diagnosis twenty-five years ago changed the course of their lives forever. Johnson shares her story and the emotional journey from life as a pregnant and joyous newlywed to one filled with the fear that her husband would die, she and her baby would be infected with the virus, and their family would be shunned.
“Believing in Magic” is the story of her marriage to Earvin nearly four decades of loving each other, losing their way, and eventually finding a path they never imagined.
According to event coordinator, Steve Neal, “This is an exciting multi-city opportunity introduced by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (S.C.L.C.) and embraced by the Long Beach Ministers Alliance. It presents the opportunity of merging two of Southern California’s Faith-Based Organizations for a broader community benefit.”
The event is co-sponsored by Vice-Mayor Rex Richardson and the 9th District Council Office.
“We believe this up close and personal presentation will strengthen everyone in attendance,” Neal stated. “Every marriages and family are presented with challenges and choices. Cookie Johnson’s story will help us all understand the value of faith and love.”