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Remembering EBONY, Jet Founder John H. Johnson on His 100th Birthday

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Although he could boast an impressive passport, Johnson's enduring entrepreneurial spirit meant he favored no other destination as much as that of Johnson Publishing Company headquarters in Chicago.

Friday marks what would have been the 100th birthday of EBONY and Jet magazines founder John H. Johnson.

The Arkansas city native, who was born in 1918, first made a name for himself in the publishing world when he established Negro Digest in 1942. Three years into circulation of the Chicago-based magazine, Johnson founded EBONY. The precedent-setting publication created for Black women would become a culture-defining and historic publication. With the founding of EBONY and Jet, Johnson created two resources that would become reliable pillars of the Black community.

Commemorate his legacy with us by taking a look at a few photos taken of Mr. Johnson throughout his career.

Happy 100th birthday, Mr. Johnson.


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