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Over 1,400 People Gathered to Mourn the Passing of a Man Who Communicated a Powerful Message: Black People Matter

Over 1,400 People Gathered to Mourn the Passing of a Man Who Communicated a Powerful Message: Black People MatterOver 1,400 People Gathered to Mourn the Passing of a Man Who Communicated a Powerful Message: Black People Matter
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August 16, 2005

Over 1,400 People Gathered to Mourn the Passing of a Man Who Communicated a Powerful Message: Black People Matter
John H. Johnson, awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor in 1996 by President Clinton, is considered to be one of the nation's most influential African-American Executives. He founded Johnson Publishing Co., a publishing, cosmetics, television production and fashion firm that became one of the largest privately owned American companies owned by an African-American.

Ebony and Jet magazines, the company's most popular publications, are essential in American history as they were first to provide positive images of African-Americans. These positive images inspired African-Americans across the country to aim high - to become doctors, lawyers and politicians.

Newsday reports that President Clinton, who was present at the funeral, addressed the audience, the Johnson family, and John H. Johnson himself when he said, "John, your legacy will never die. It lives on, because you became great by sharing the greatness in others." Visit the Newsday site to learn read more about yesterday's event and to learn more about John H. Johnson.

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