NAACP Mourns the Passing of Eunice Johnson

Eunice Johnson, wife of Ebony magazine founder John H. Johnson and director and producer of the Ebony Fashion Fair died of at the age of 93 on Sunday, January 3rd, 2010.

“Eunice Johnson was a source of inspiration to all African Americans with a passion for the arts,” said NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous.  “Her contributions through Johnson Publishing Company boldly projected the voice of the African American community as a part of mainstream media, while her service as director and producer of the Ebony Fashion Fair established a benchmark of excellence for a generation of aspiring fashion designers.”

Johnson was a close business partner of her husband's since the creation of Johnson Publishing in 1942, and was the company's secretary-treasurer at the time of her death and wrote a monthly fashion feature for Ebony magazine for several years. A fashion pioneer, Johnson was most notably known as director and producer of the Ebony Fashion Fair, and served in the position since 1961.

“In a period when African American voice and artistry was often suppressed, Eunice Johnson worked tirelessly to provide a forum for that voice to be heard, and a stage for that artistry to be developed.  Her legacy will always be that of elegance, grace and an appreciation for the arts, and her contributions will be missed,” concluded Jealous.

Johnson is credited with creating the name of Ebony Magazine, one of Johnson Publishing’s flagship publications. Her reputation for generous financial contributions to the world of fashion cemented her prominence into the world of high fashion.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its more than half-million members and supporters throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil and human rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and advocating for equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.


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