|#4624 John H. Johnson (Forever) Black Hertiage 2012 Postage Stamp
In 2012, the Postal Service® is pleased to honor John
H. Johnson, the trailblazing publisher of Ebony, Jet, and other magazines. Johnson overcame poverty and racism to build a business
empire embracing magazines, radio stations, cosmetics, and more. His magazines portrayed black people positively at a time when such
representation was rare, and played an important role in the civil rights movement.
His unwillingness to accept defeat was a key to
Johnson's success. When he was unable to buy a lot in downtown Chicago because of his skin color, he hired a white lawyer who bought
the land in trust. Thus, Johnson became the first black person to build a major building in Chicago's Loop, where Johnson Publishing
still has its headquarters.
As Johnson's influence, accomplishments, and fortune grew, he received many prizes and honors. He joined
Vice President Richard Nixon on a goodwill tour of Africa and served as a Special United States Ambassador for Presidents Kennedy
and Johnson. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) awarded him its prestigious Spingarn Medal in
1966. Six years later, in 1972, his industry peers named him publisher of the year — a prize Johnson compared to winning an Oscar.
In presenting Johnson with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1996, President Bill Clinton lauded him for giving hope to African
Americans during difficult times. A panel of experts polled by Baylor University in 2003 named Johnson "the greatest minority entrepreneur
in American history." That same year, Howard University named its journalism school after him.
The John H. Johnson (Forever®) stamp,
designed by Postal Service art director Howard Paine, features a color photograph of Johnson taken by Bachrach Studios. The photographer
was David McCann.
The U.S. Postal Service has recognized the achievements of prominent African Americans through the Black Heritage series
since 1978. This stamp honoring Johnson is the 35th stamp in that series, which highlights outstanding individuals who helped shape
The stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class
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John H. Johnson 2012 Forever Black Heritage #4624