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What is the Johnson Legacy Project?

To honor the legacies of John H. and Eunice W. Johnson, Columbia College Chicago has created a national fundraising effort—part of a $100 million comprehensive campaign umbrella titled This is Columbia’s Moment. The Johnson Legacy Project has garnered support from citizens across the United States devoted to preserving the memory of these American icons.

Why Does This Matter?

Why this matters

President Carter's Vision

Welcome to the Johnson Legacy Project, a national fundraising effort to preserve the legacies of John H. and Eunice W. Johnson, cultural icons who changed the face of media, fashion, and publishing, and became an inspiration to citizens nationwide.

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Project Team

Project Architect: The Freelon Group & Gensler

An architectural pioneer in projects devoted to sustainability, the arts, and strengthening understanding between disparate cultures, The Freelon Group caught Columbia College’s attention almost immediately. Founded in 1990 by Philip G. Freelon, the firm was selected as the Johnson Legacy Project’s lead architect after demonstrating, above so many others, a commitment to environmentally considerate designs that are rich in technological integration yet deeply sensitive to cultural history and expression.

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National Steering Committee

Andrew Young

Honorary Co-Chair,
former UN Ambassador

Linda Johnson Rice

Honorary Co-Chair,
Chairwoman of the Johnson Publishing Company

OIA Columbia
New York
Washington, D.C.

Get Involved

Your support of the Johnson Legacy Project ensures that the memory of John H. and Eunice W. Johnson—two of history’s cultural and civil rights heroes—is carried far into the future. Whether you choose to support the Johnson Legacy Project’s programming, scholarships, or capital endeavors, your gift makes a difference, and helps guarantee that the legacy of these great American figures is treasured and celebrated.

Choose Where Your Support Goes





If you would like to host a community project or gathering, or volunteer your support for the Johnson Legacy Project in some other way, we are more than happy to assist you.

Corporate and Community Partnership

If your company or foundation is interested in any of the funding priorities for the Johnson Legacy Project, please contact Chandra Dennis.


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Contact Us

If you would like to request more information about the Johnson Legacy Project,
please contact Chandra Dennis by calling 312.369.7795 or send an email to

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