Drafted during the Vietnam era, Larry Johnson filed for conscientious objector status and served as an Army medic in Germany. The life-long peace activist from Golden Valley, Minnesota, answered JFK's call in 1961 and hiked 50 miles. At age 61, he hiked 61 miles down Highway 61 with his grandson Tyler. Just a few weeks ago, to commemorate his 70th birthday, Larry completed a 70 mile hike.
About the Author
Sixty-one (Lost Lake Folk Art, 2016) by storyteller and longtime peace activist, Larry Johnson. In 1961, Larry answered President John Kennedy’s call for a healthy America by taking a 50-mile hike. Drafted in the 1960s, Larry petitioned for Conscientious Objector status and served as an Army medic.
Sixty-one is a breath of fresh air, sparkling with optimism and hope. Larry Johnson’s stories range from his time serving as a conscientious objector medic, carrying no weapon, to his ongoing peace work and commitment to children as teacher and storyteller. He recalls significant incidents that span U.S. history from the 1950s to the present. Throughout, Larry promotes the hard struggle for peace. His stories also demonstrate the necessity to cross borders internationally to create conditions to prevent violence from destroying our lives. Sixty-one is a journey worth taking.” —Jack Zipes, author, professor emeritus, University of Minnesota.