John Harold Johnson was born in Arkansas City on January 19, 1918; he was a famous publisher and businessman best known for founding the Johnson Publishing Company. In 1982, he became the first Black American to be included in the Forbes 400. Before the myriad recognitions he received, he started out as a Supreme Life office boy and eventually became CEO Harry H. Pace’s assistant. Johnson launched Tan magazine in 1950 and Jet magazine in 1951. In 1996, he was rewarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former US President Bill Clinton and was also welcomed into the Junior Achievement National Business Hall of Fame. He died on August 5, 2005.

A timeline of John Johnson’s life and his achievements dating back to 1933, the time when he moved with his mother to Chicago.

Johnson Publishing’s summary of the life of the late John Johnson, publisher and founder of Jet and Ebony magazines.

The John H. Johnson School of Communications is formed by the Johnson Publishing head and founder.

John Johnson was considered as among the most influential Black American publishers in the history of America.

Apart from magazine and publishing efforts, John Johnson also acquired a mail-order cosmetics company, an insurance company and various radio stations.

BrainQuote has a set of inspiring quotes by African American businessman John H. Johnson.

John Johnson, son of Leroy and Gertrude Johnson, studied at the University of Chicago in 1936 and at Northwestern University.

In 2005, John Johnson, his family, friends and guests, attended the celebration of The John H. Johnson Cultural and Educational Museum.

Entrepreneur has a summary of John Johnson’s early life and career as a renowned businessman and publisher who manned and initiated the Johnson Publishing Company.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/growyourbusiness/radicalsandvisionaries/article197650.html

From poor beginnings, John Johnson turned into one of the 400 wealthiest people in America, developing several magazines including Jet, Tan and Ebony.