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Shoshana Johnson

Shoshana Johnson

Keynote Speaker: First African American Woman POW in U.S. War History & Author of "I’m Still Standing"

Shoshana Johnson Biography

Shoshana Nyree Johnson was born in the Republic of Panama to Panamanian parents Claude and Eunice Johnson. Johnson lives in El Paso, Texas near her family.

Johnson was a JROTC cadet in 1991, and an Andress High School graduate. She attended the University of Texas at El Paso, and later joined the US Army in September 1998. She completed the US Army Basic Training Course at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, and the Advance Individual Training, at Ft. Lee, Virginia.

A second-generation Army Veteran, Johnson's first military assignment was at Ft. Carson, Colorado. In February, 2003, at her second military assignment at Ft. Bliss, Texas, Johnson received orders to deploy to Iraq and to carry through her duties as a Food Service Specialist, (92G) with the 507th Maintenance Company, 5/52 Battalion 11th Brigade.

On March 23, during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Johnson was in a convoy that was ambushed in the city of an-Nasiriyah. Johnson received a bullet wound to her ankle, causing injuries to both legs. She and 5 other members of the 507th Maintenance Company were captured and taken Prisoners of War. The ambush and its aftermath made world news headlines.

House raids conducted by US Marines in the city of Samarra, Iraq, resulted in the successful rescue of seven POWs on the morning of April 13. Later, Johnson, together with six former POWs, came back to a heroes welcome in the US.

Specialist Johnson retired from the Army on an Honorable Discharge on December 12, 2003. Johnson's awards and decorations include the US Army Service Ribbon, Army Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, and the Prisoner of War Medal. US Army officials identified Johnson as the first female POW of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the first black female POW in US war history. Johnson was awarded the Order of Manuel Amador Guerrero by her native country of Panama, it's the highest honor.

Since her return to the United States, Specialist Johnson has received numerous awards, and recognition for her courage, valor, and service to the United States. She graduated from El Paso Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in May 2008. She received her degree in culinary arts (pastry) in May 2011 at the same College.

Johnson has penned a memoir about her experience entitled “I’m Still Standing: From Captured Soldier to Free Citizen-My Journey Home.” The biography was nominated for a NAACP Image Award and is a national bestseller. Johnson plans on pursuing nutrition degree in the near future and, when possible, advocates for fellow veterans.

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Shoshana Johnson Speaking Topics

POW'rful Woman

Heroism Has No Color

A POW's Untold Story

Freedom Isn't Free

I'm Still Standing

Shoshana Johnson Videos

Public Service and Sacrifice: A Conversation with Shoshana Johnson
Shoshana Johnson: A Discussion on Survival with the First Black ...
American Veteran | POW Shoshana Johnson's Story | PBS - YouTube

How to book Shoshana Johnson?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shoshana Johnson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Shoshana Johnson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shoshana Johnson or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Shoshana Johnson?

Booking fees for Shoshana Johnson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shoshana Johnson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Shoshana Johnson?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shoshana Johnson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shoshana Johnson for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shoshana Johnson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shoshana Johnson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Shoshana Johnson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Sports Motivation and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Shoshana Johnson for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Shoshana Johnson generally travels from El Paso, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Tom Voss and Jason Redman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shoshana Johnson for an upcoming event.

Shoshana Johnson Speaking Topics

  • POW'rful Woman

  • Heroism Has No Color

  • A POW's Untold Story

  • Freedom Isn't Free

  • I'm Still Standing

Shoshana Johnson Videos

Public Service and Sacrifice: A Conversation with Shoshana Johnson
Shoshana Johnson: A Discussion on Survival with the First Black ...
American Veteran | POW Shoshana Johnson's Story | PBS - YouTube
Follow-Up: First Female African-American Prisoner of War

Shoshana Johnson Reviews

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How to book Shoshana Johnson?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Shoshana Johnson for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Shoshana Johnson, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Shoshana Johnson or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Shoshana Johnson?

Booking fees for Shoshana Johnson, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Shoshana Johnson, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Shoshana Johnson?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Shoshana Johnson for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Shoshana Johnson for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Shoshana Johnson or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Shoshana Johnson or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Shoshana Johnson is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Inspirational, Sports Motivation and Diversity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Shoshana Johnson for virtual events is $10,000 - $20,000. Please contact us for live event fees. Shoshana Johnson generally travels from El Paso, TX, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are J.R. Martinez, Tom Voss and Jason Redman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Shoshana Johnson for an upcoming event.

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