• Welcome to this page celebrating Harriet's life.

    This is our place to reminisce and our turn to be the story teller. Add your stories and remembrances. You can either comment on previous posts, or register to author your own post.

    You can upload photos when you author a post, or your can email photos to laura@cripcommentary.com to have them posted.

Harriet at Barry Corbet's memorial service, May 22, 2005

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Harriet at the Tattered Cover in Denver

As part of a book tour to promote Too Late to Die Young: Nearly True Tales from a Life, Harriet read at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Lower Downtown Denver on May 23, 2005.

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Convivial Group

Celebrating friendship in October 2007 at a Charleston Chinese restaurant. Front row: Robin Stephens, Harriet McBryde Johnson, Laura Hershey. Back row: John Polito, Gilbert Smith, Mallorie Merboth.

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2005 Telethon Protest in Charleston

Every Labor Day weekend, Harriet took to the streets of Charleston to protest and educate against the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. Here she is in September 2005.

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I can only imagine what Harriet would have to say about this —


“Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Association are sorry to hear about the passing of Ms. Johnson, an accomplished woman and an advocate for the disabled community. We offer her family our sincere condolences,” said Roxan Triolo Olivas, assistant director of public information for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Quoted in the Charleston Post-Courier today,

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Harriet McBryde Johnson passed away on June 3, 2008, at the age of 50. She was well-loved by people in many different communities: her beloved hometown of Charleston, South Carolina; the national and global disability rights movement; and her readers far and wide.

Harriet’s death leaves a big hole in the world, but her life had a profound and positive impact that will not end with her death. Those of us who loved her are in pain, but we find comfort in the company of others whom Harriet touched. That’s why we created this website. Here you can share memories, photos, and links to Harriet’s web-published writings.

Thanks to Carrie Lucas for volunteering to design this site.

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Harriet, Robin Stephens and Laura Hershey

Charleston, South Carolina, in October 2007

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