Cookie Johnson

Spartan women embody proud MSU tradition

Sep 13, 2019

The Fall 2019 edition of Spartan, Michigan State University's alumni magazine, contains a feature titled Rising to the Challenge. In Classical Greece, Spartan women were famed for their strength, education and independence. Female Spartans have always been among the legions of exceptional MSU grads who embody that proud tradition in the modern world, like MSU alumna and Michigan's Senior United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, who wrote the introduction to the piece.


When Cookie Johnson’s husband, NBA great Magic Johnson, revealed his HIV status in 1991, she turned her initial fears into a newfound mission. More than two decades later, she continues to inspire as an example of faith and perseverance.

Earletha “Cookie” Johnson isn’t the kind to crumble. Not on your life. During the many challenges she’s faced in her life, she’s drawn on her deep sense of faith and self-worth to emerge stronger, wiser, wittier, and more determined to be a force for good. 


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