February 01, 2003

Haven't Read the Rags in Years, But...

Howard University Recognizes Publisher After Gift

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

Good, Lawd! Even though I'm from Chicago, I've never bought Ebony or Jet (for the reasons you stated). But, I have to respect their legacy (though, a revamping is sorely needed). Posted by: j. brotherlove on February 3, 2003 10:28 AM
Revamping?! J., they need to start all over. Change the layout, titles and personnel! Posted by: ronn on February 3, 2003 03:56 PM
I have not bought a Jet in ages but I will occasionally buy an Ebony if the cover catches my eye and I cannot finish the article while in the checkout line at the grocery store. Posted by: James on February 6, 2003 09:42 AM