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John H. Johnson

January 19, 1918 – August 8, 2005

African American Entrepreneur and Publisher

Started the first commercially successful black magazine, The Negro Digest, in 1942

Later produced the more successful Ebony (1945) and Jet (1951) magazines

For more information:

Ebony, March 1982, p. 129  (searchable in Google Books)

http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=1047&category=mediaMakers

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/09/business/media/09johnson.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_H._Johnson

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