Wednesday, February 15, 2012

United States Postal Service Unveils John H. Johnson Forever Postage Stamp

By Sandra Davis, Chicago Contributor

CHICAGO - On January 31, 2012, the United States Postal Service celebrated this year’s Black Heritage Forever Stamp commemoration by honoring John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Company which publishes Ebony and Jet magazines. “I’m immensely proud that my father and his life’s passion are being recognized in such a high honor as the Black Heritage Stamp,” said Linda Johnson Rice, Johnson's daughter. “His legacy lives on in all whom he touched and in the work we continue to do daily.” Pictured in photo: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former Mayor Richard Daley, Desiree Rogers, CEO, Johnson Publishing Company; Linda Johnson-Rice, Chairman, Johnson Publishing Company; Anthony Vaughan, Chicago Senior Plant Manager, USPS; Congressman Danny Davis, Congressman Bobby Rush, and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Black History Fact: In 1982, John H. Johnson became the first black person to appear on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in America.

Photo credit:  Johnson Publishing Company