Timeline of Juanita’s Life
- 1923 Juanita is born in Ohio. She grew up
- 1939 Juanita initiates her first civil rights
action at age sixteen, by sitting in every car of a Jim Crow
train headed for Georgia.
- 1943 Juanita’s action at a drug store lunch
counter results in her first arrest. She is a nineteen-year-old
sophomore at Howard University in Washington D.C.
- 1943 Juanita helps to “open”—desegregate—the
Little Palace Cafe on the edge of the Howard University campus.
- 1944 Juanita is co-founder of the Cleveland
Committee of Racial Equality, affiliate of the National Congress
of Racial Equality.
- 1944 Juanita meets Wally Nelson. Working
as a journalist; she interviews him while he is in jail as
a conscientious objector.
- 1947 Wally participates in the Journey of
Reconciliation, the first “Freedom Ride.”
- 1948 Juanita and Wally become partners and
join Peacemakers. They become war tax resisters.
- 1948-1955 Juanita and Wally join in community
with Marion and Ernest Bromley in Cincinnati, Ohio.
- 1957 Juanita and Wally move to Philadelphia.
- 1957 Juanita and Wally spend four months
at Koinonia Farm in southwest Georgia.
- 1959 Juanita is brought to federal court
in Philadelphia for war tax resistance.
- 1970-1974 Juanita and Wally homestead in
Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.
- 1974 Wally and Juanita move to Woolman Hill
in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where they start an organic vegetable
farm and help organize the Greenfield Farmers Market.
- 1975 Juanita and Wally Nelson stimulate
the organization of the Pioneer Valley War Tax Resisters.
- 1978 Juanita and Wally Nelson are founding
members of the Valley Community Land Trust, whose residents
do not own the land, but have ninety-nine year renewable leases.
- 1988 Juanita publishes A Matter of Freedom
and Other Writings.
- 2007 Juanita continues to live in Deerfield,
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