Photo: John Harold Johnson (b. Jan. 19, 1918 – d. Aug. 8, 2005)
THE EARLY LIFE OF JOHN H. JOHNSON
John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing, was born in Arkansas City, Arkansas in 1918. In 1933, he and his mother migrated to Chicago seeking a better education for the young John Johnson. After graduating from DuSable High School, Johnson worked for Henry H. Pace, then president of Supreme Liberty Life Insurance Company.
Johnson was eventually given the task to find news items about Blacks and compile them with news of Supreme Life employee activities for an in-house publication. Johnson developed the idea of collecting articles into a monthly magazine to be called Negro Digest.
EBONY AND JET MAGAZINES
Johnson Publishing Company celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2002. The publishing company is headquartered in a free standing building in the South Loop of Chicago at 820 S. Michigan Avenue.
Photo: Entryway to Johnson Publishing Company building in Chicago