John H. Johnson

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Birthday
19, 1918
Birthplace
Arkansas City, AR
Death Date
Aug 8, 2005 (87)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
19, 1918
Birthplace
Arkansas City, AR
Death Date
Aug 8, 2005 (87)

About

Publisher and entrepreneur who founded Johnson Publishing as well as the magazines Ebony and Jet. He was a recipient of both the Spingarn Medal (presented by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Before Fame

He earned a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago.

Trivia

He penned an autobiography entitled Succeeding against the Odds.

Family Life

He married Eunice Walker in 1941.

Associated With

He became the first African-American to be listed by Malcolm Forbes' Forbes Magazine as one of the 400 Richest Americans.