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Johnson Legacy Project
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Johnson Legacy Project

With the purchase of the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) building at 820 S. Michigan Ave. in downtown Chicago, Columbia College Chicago acquired a vital piece of American history. Since 1972, the home of EBONY and JET has remained a symbol not only of the stunning achievements of 20th-century Black America, but also of JPC founder John H. Johnson, who succeeded against the odds to become one of the greatest publishers and entrepreneurs in the world.

In 2011, the College embarked on a $10 million funding initiative called the Johnson Legacy Project, designed to preserve and extend the legacy of John H. and Eunice W. Johnson. This fundraising campaign will enable Columbia College to:

  • Create an endowment to support the maintenance of the John H. and Eunice W. Johnson Center, which will house Columbia’s library (including college archives and digital collections) and Center for Black Music Research (CBMR).
  • Establish scholarship funds in the disciplines that capture the essence of the Johnson Publishing Company brand, including entrepreneurship, fashion studies, journalism, and marketing.
  • Create a John H. Johnson Museum on the 11th floor.
  • Preserve the iconic EBONY and JET signs on top of the building.

Through the Johnson Legacy Project, Columbia College Chicago will continue the Johnsons' inspiring legacy to positively impact Chicago, the region, and the world.

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