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Sunday, 24 March 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : JOHN HAROLD JOHNSON BUSINESS MAN AND PUBLISHER : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS "
John Harold Johnson born January 19th 1918 and died on August 8th 2005 was an African American Business Man and a Publisher. He was the founder of The Johnson Publishing Company. In 1982 he became the first African American to appear on the Forbes 400. Johnson was born in rural Arkansas City, Arkansas, the grandson of slaves. When he was eight years old his father died in an accident in a sawmill and Johnson was raised by hi mother and step father. He attended an over crowed segregated elementary school. Such was his love of learning he repeated the eight grade rather than discontinue his education as their was no public high school for African American in his community. After a visit to the Chicago World Fair they decided that opportunities in the North were more plentiful than the South. Facing poverty in every sides in Arkansas during the Great Depression, the family moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1933 to try and to find find work and for Johnson to continue his education.