Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Publisher Gives $4 Million to Howard; Communications School to Get New Name

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Publisher Gives $4 Million to Howard; Communications School to Get New Name

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Howard University's School of Communications soon will have a new name thanks to a $4 million contribution from John H. Johnson, publisher and chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, the publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines. In recognition of Johnson's gift, the communications school will be named in Johnson's honor.

"Mr. Johnson is a pioneer in African American publishing," says Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert. "His contributions to journalism have played an extraordinary role in chronicling the struggles and successes of African Americans in all facets of life for six decades. It is very fitting and with a deep sense of gratitude that we look forward to recognizing Mr. Johnson by naming the new Howard University School of Communications in his honor."

Johnson says he has admired Howard University since attending "the first NAACP meeting in Baltimore when Thurgood Marshall was named assistant counsel.

"I knew that he was a Howard graduate and I have been so inspired by the marks that he and so many other alumni have made on this nation. …

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