In his footsteps: Johnson's company began publishing its own books to satisfy growing interest in black history.JOHN H. JOHNSON John Harold Johnson (January 19, 1918 – August 8, 2005) was the founder of the Johnson Publishing Company, an international media and cosmetics empire headquartered in Chicago, Illinois that includes Ebony, and Jet , THE MAGAZINE publisher who died last August at age 87, also headed a four-decade-old book division that essentially sprang from a groundbreaking historical series in Ebony.
The owner/publisher explained in chapter 40 of his 1989 autobiography, Succeeding Against the Odds: The Autobiography of a Great American Businessman (Warner Books, 1989):
"Johnson Publishing The Johnson Publishing Company is an American publishing company owned and managed by the family of John H. Johnson. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
Snubbed by advertisers when he founded his company in November 1942, John H. Company played a leadership role ... on three levels. First, and perhaps above all, we helped create the foundations of this struggle in the 1940s and 1950s when the ground was hard and there were few laborers. Secondly, we anticipated the changes and gave focus and form to them.
"In 1959, for example, I detected a growing interest in black history and authorized a pathfinding black history series. The response was so enthusiastic that we published a book, Lerone Bennett's Before the Mayflower Mayflower, ship
Mayflower, ship that in 1620 brought the Pilgrims from England to New England. She set out from Southampton in company with the Speedwell, , which became one of the most widely read black history books ever.
"This marked the beginning of the Johnson Publishing Company Book Division, which published a best-selling cookbook, Freda DeKnight's The Ebony Cookbook: Date With a Dish and several major dries on black history and culture."
Before the Mayflower: A History of Black America was published by Johnson Publishing Company (JPC JPC Joint Parliamentary Committee (India)
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In addition, JPC has published at least 30 other books in more than 40 years in the following genres: history, popular culture, children and food.
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Media critic Richard Prince
Richard Prince, (born 1949 in the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal Zone, now part of Republic of Panama) is an American painter and photographer. says, "I have been amazed at how long JPC books stay in print. I was able to get the 1965 book Marriage Across the Color Line color line
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"The first book I read about black people in Britain was Black Britannia by Edward Scobie," Prince says. "It was awesome." The 1972 book is now out of print.
The last JPC books published were the New Millennium Edition of Before the Mayflower in 2003, and in 2000, Forced Into GloW Abraham Lincoln's White Dream, the latter generating a lot of critical buzz in the publishing world. Fellow historian James McPherson reviewed it in The New York New York, state, United States
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"The future of the book division," Prince says, "is tied to the Johnson Publishing Company. Many people remember the Emmett Till cover photo and Lerone Bennett's books, yet the meaningful, serious days of Johnson Publishing Company are behind them. Will the book division thrive and be relevant?"
Doris E. Saunders, identified as the company librarian in Johnson's autobiography, was the original developer of the book division from 1960 to 1966. She returned to lead the book division from 1972 to 1978. Saunders is a retired journalism educator from Jackson State University Jackson State University, often abridged as Jackson State or by its initials JSU is a historically black university located in Jackson, Mississippi founded in 1877. [Mississippi]. Lillian Terrell is current manager of the book division. Marita Hudson, JPC promotions manager, says the company has no details to share about the future of the book division at this time.
Wayne Dawkins is author of Rugged Waters: Black Journalists Swim the Mainstream, (August Press, June 2003) and owns August Press LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
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