Howard University is renaming its School of Communications for publishing magnate John H. Johnson after receiving a $4 million contribution from him, college officials said yesterday.
The gift is one of the largest given to Howard. Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, said he wanted to recognize the university's key role in educating African American students -- several of whom, he noted, now work for him at the world's largest black-owned publishing company.
Can't remember the last time I read either Ebony or Jet. Even as a kid I recognized that they were/are trifling (word of the day anyone?). Still, it's great to see at least one Black magnate is supporting an African American institution. It's a shame that that is the largest contribution ever to Howard though. One would think with so many rich, powerful alumni, this would be a pittance.
Posted by ronn at February 1, 2003 09:03 AM