John H. Johnson

Chicot County native John H. Johnson was the founder of Johnson Publishing, which published Ebony and Jet magazines.

The late John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, will be honored with his own “day” on Friday, November 1.

John H. Johnson Day was established this year by the Arkansas Legislature during the 92nd General Assembly. It recognizes the Chicot County native and celebrates his legacy as founder, publisher, chairman and chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company, once the largest black-owned publishing company in the world, according to a news release announcing the state events.

Official activities will take place at two locations on November 1. An event in Arkansas City will be held from 10 a.m. until noon at the John H. Johnson Museum and Educational Center, located at 604 President Street/Courthouse Square. An event in Little Rock will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, located at 501 West 9th Street.

November 1 was the day selected for the John H. Johnson Day because November 1, 1945 was the date Johnson launched Ebony Magazine, according to Friends of John H. Johnson Museum, the museum curators.

“His lifestyle magazines created positive images and content for not only Black America but for how White America should see Black America,” a John H. Johnson Day spokesperson wrote in the news release announcing the John H. Johnson Day events.

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