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Dawnie Rae on the cover

All of the characters that appear in With the Might of Angels.

Main characters[]

Dawnie Rae Johnson[]

Main article: Dawn Johnson

Dawn "Dawnie" Rae Johnson (born May 18, 1942)[1] was the eldest child and only daughter of Curtis and Loretta Johnson. She was the older sister of Gunther "Goober".

Supporting characters[]

Curtis Johnson[]

Curtis Johnson ("Daddy") was the father of Dawnie and Goober, and the husband of Loretta. He worked at Sutter's Dairy, "hauling and loading milk casks and cheese crates from the backs of trucks." Curtis read newspapers and magazines daily during breakfast.

Gertie Feldman[]

Gertie Feldman

Goober Johnson[]

Gunther[2] Johnson (born July 10, 1945),[3] better known as Goober or Goob, was the younger brother of Dawnie, and the only son of Curtis and Loretta. He was nicknamed Goober due to his love of peanuts.

Loretta Johnson[]

Loretta Johnson ("Mama"; née Rae)[1] was the wife of Curtis, and mother of Dawnie and Goober.

Yolanda Graves[]

Yolanda Graves was Dawnie's best friend and former classmate at Mary McLeod Bethune School.

Minor characters[]

  • Mr. Calhoun, the principal of Mary McLeod Bethune School.
  • Reverend Collier was the head of the Shepherd's Way Baptist Church in Hadley.
  • Miss Eloise, the choir director at Shepherd's Way Baptist Church.
  • Jackie Robinson, a baseball player for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Dawnie, whom loved baseball, admired Jackie Robinson and often wrote letters to him in her diary.
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune, the namesake of the school for black children in Hadley.
  • Roger Wilkes


See also[]

Dear America characters
Main characters

Remember "Mem" Whipple | Deliverance Trembley | Lozette Moreau | Catharine Logan | Prudence Emerson
Abigail Stewart | Lucinda Lawrence | María Rosalia de Milagros | Hattie Campbell | Mary Driscoll
Florence "Florrie" Mack Ryder | Susanna Fairchild | Clotee Henley | Amelia Martin | Emma Simpson
Sarah Nita | Phillis "Patsy" Frederick | Libby West | Priscilla "Pringle" Rose | Mary "Polly" Rodgers
Nannie Little Rose | Angeline Reddy | Sarah Jane Price | Teresa Viscardi | Anetka Kaminska
Zipporah Feldman | Minette "Minnie" Bonner | Angela Denoto | Margaret Ann Brady | Kathleen Bowen
Simone Spencer | Lydia Pierce | Nell "Nellie Lee" Love | Bess Brennan | Minerva "Minnie" Swift | Grace Edwards
Julie Weiss | Madeline Beck | Amber Billows | Piper Davis | Dawn "Dawnie Rae" Johnson | Molly Flaherty

Supporting characters

Antoinetta Viscardi | Leon Nasevich | Daniel Pierce | Erma Jean Love | Patrick Flaherty

Lists of characters by book

A Journey to the New World | I Walk in Dread | Look to the Hills | Standing in the Light
Love Thy Neighbor | The Winter of Red Snow | Cannons at Dawn | A Line in the Sand
Valley of the Moon | Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | All the Stars in the Sky
Seeds of Hope | A Picture of Freedom | A Light in the Storm | When Will This Cruel War Be Over?
The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly | The Great Railroad Race
Down the Rabbit Hole | Land of the Buffalo Bones | My Heart Is on the Ground | Behind the Masks
My Face to the Wind | West to a Land of Plenty | A Coal Miner's Bride | Dreams in the Golden Country
A City Tossed and Broken | Hear My Sorrow | Voyage on the Great Titanic | A Time for Courage
When Christmas Comes Again | Like the Willow Tree | Color Me Dark | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Christmas After All | Survival in the Storm | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
My Secret War | Early Sunday Morning | The Fences Between Us | With the Might of Angels
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?