WHEN, on Nov. 1, 1942, Johnson Publishing Co. was rounded, in a spare office of Supreme Life Insurance Co., there were only three part-time employes: the managing editor, John H. Johnson, his wife, Eunice Walker Johnson, and his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Johnson Williams.
Today, 50 years later, the company has a staff of more than 2,700 in Lt countries on two continents. Most of the Black, White, Hispanic and Asian staffers are based in the company's 11-story headquarters building in downtown Chicago--the first Black-owned building constructed in Chicago's Loop--but others work in and out of the five branch offices the company maintains in prestigious buildings in downtown New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Paris and London. There are also hundreds of consultants, free-lance writers and photographers and associated employes who work in major department stores.
Whether employes are based in Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, New York, London or Paris, and whether they are full-time or associated employes, they are bound together by a family spirit that transcends background, race and creed. …