Tuesday, August 09, 2005
John H. Johnson, 1918-2005, who brought the news to African-American households for more than 50 years as publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines has died at the age of 87. Born the grandson of slaves, he rose to international prominence with his publications, cosmetic lines, and fashion shows. Mr. Johnson's magazines were household 'must have' items for many of us who grew up in the 1950's and beyond. From the most eligible bachelors/bachelorettes to the most powerful black leaders of our times, Mr. Johnson gave us up close and personal access that helped to inform us and shape our views. He will be sadly missed by all Americans. Thank you John H. Johnson for a job well done. Rest in peace. Shem hotep!