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John H. Johnson

Born in Arkansas City, Arkansas, January 19, 1918, John H. Johnson is best known as a publisher, businessman and humanitarian. Mr. Johnson and his wife, Eunice, make their home in Chicago and occasionally reside in Palm Springs, California. They have one child, Linda Johnson Rice. Mr. Johnson graduated with honors from DuSable High School and attended the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Mr. Johnson began his publishing career in November, 1942 as editor and publisher of Negro Digest, later Black World. The company, founded by Mr. Johnson, now publishes books and three magazines, Ebony, Jet and EM (Ebony Men).

He also engages in other businesses including Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Supreme Beauty Products, Radio Stations WJPC-FM/AM in the Chicago area and WLOU-AM, Louisville, Ebony/Jet Showcase television program and Mahogany Travel Service, Inc. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Supreme Life Insurance Company, where he began his career as an office boy.

He is trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago and United Negro College Fund; Advisory Council, Harvard Graduate School of Business; Director, National Conference of Christians and Jews; Industries Advisory Committee ” The Advertising Council, Inc.

Mr. Johnson serves as a Board member of the Dial Corporation, Supreme Life Insurance Company, Dillard Department Stores, Inc., and National Advisory Board for First Commercial Bank of Little Rock, Arkansas. He previously served as a Board member for Zenith Electronics Corporation, Chrysler Corporation, Continental Bank, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Bell and Howell, Arthur D. Little and Conrail Corporations.