EUNICE W. JOHNSON
Mrs. Eunice W. Johnson is a business
leader and humanitarian, particularly concerned with the encouragement
of Black youth. Mrs. Johnson is the producer and director
of the world's largest traveling fashion show, EBONY FASHION
FAIR, which has donated over $49 million to the United
Negro College Fund and other African-American charities. Mrs.
Johnson is also the secretary-treasurer of JOHNSON PUBLISHING
COMPANY, INC., publishers of EBONY
and JET magazines, and
the largest Black-owned publishing company in the world.
She was born in Selma, Alabama, where
her father, Dr. Nathaniel D. Walker, practiced medicine
for more than 50 years. Her mother, Mrs. Ethel McAlpine Walker,
was the principal of the high school and taught education
and art at the college level at Selma University. Mrs. Johnson
received her high school education there. Selma University
was founded by her maternal grandfather, Dr. William H.
McAlpine, who was also its second president. He was the
founder and first president of the National Baptist Convention,
Mrs. Johnson received her B.A. degree
in Sociology, with a minor in Art, from Talladega College
in Talladega, Alabama. She earned her master's degree in Social
Work from Loyola University in Chicago. In addition, Mrs.
Johnson took courses in studies of the Great Books at the
University of Chicago. She also studied Journalism at Northwestern
University and Interior Decorating at the Ray-Vogue School
of Design, which is now the Ray School of Design.
Mrs. Johnson is the wife of Mr. John
H. Johnson, publisher and chairman of JOHNSON PUBLISHING
COMPANY, INC., which he founded in 1942 with her love
and support. Mrs. Johnson also named the company's flagship
magazine, EBONY, which
has remained the world's most popular Black oriented magazine
every consecutive year since its founding in 1945. Their daughter,
Mrs. Linda Johnson Rice, is president and CEO of the
company. Their beloved son, John H. Johnson, Jr., a
photographer for EBONY
and JET, passed away in
1981 at the age of 25 following a long illness. Mrs. Johnson
writes a special fashion feature which appears in EBONY
each month. Since 1961, Mrs. Johnson has been producer and
director of EBONY FASHION FAIR. The traveling fashion
show makes 200 appearances in its over 185 city tour of the
United States and the Caribbean.
Mrs. Johnson was also involved in the
creation of Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Both she and Mr.
Johnson noticed the EBONY FASHION FAIR models struggling
to find cosmetics in shades that matched their deeper skin
tones. Fashion Fair was born in 1973 in answer to this problem
and today it is the world leader in cosmetics and skin care
for women of color.
Mrs. Johnson is an active member of
many community organizations, including: the Chicago Woman's
Division of the United Negro College Fund and the Woman's
Board of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has received several
honors including the Trumpet Award, the Chicagoan of the Year
Award from The Boys & Girls Club of Chicago, Outstanding Black
College University Alumnus Award from the Alabama A&M; University
Alumni Association. She has received the Honorary Doctorate
of Humane Letters from Talladega College and Shaw University.
Mrs. Johnson is a Golden Life Member of Delta Sigma Theta
and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Harvard Graduate
School of Business.