Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Another big loss

ABC News anchorman Peter Jennings was the nation's first major media figure to die in the last few days. John H. Johnson, America's most influential black publisher, was the second.

Johnson, who died Monday at age 87, parlayed a $500 loan he received in 1942 into a multimillion-dollar media empire that published Ebony and Jet and helped to launch radio host Tom Joyner into national prominence. Johnson's life story is an inspiring, lasting testament to his refusal to back down in the face of institutional racism and long financial odds.


Anonymous Kathy said...

May they both rest in peace.

8:09 PM  

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