John H. Johnson was a true American hero. Not only did he achieve the American dream, he shared his formula for success with others. Month after month, he showcased many African Americans who succeeded against the odds hoping these stories of triumph and perseverance would inspire others in the African American Diaspora. However, the magazine inspired an entire nation and Ebony and Jet magazines rose to become some of the most influential and popular magazines in the world. Every step of the way, Johnson countered the stereotypes of African Americans portrayed in the media.
As a businessman, Johnson was a true visionary. Whether it was launching a successful cosmetics line or convincing major companies to use black models to make their products more appealing to black consumers, he created several opportunities for African American businesses. He will be sorely missed, not only as a publisher but as a community giant who showed a community the beauty within. My heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Eunice, daughter Linda and the entire Ebony/Jet family.