A Message from the President & CEO Linda Johnson Rice
Rice, Linda Johnson, Ebony
As we enter a new chapter in the history of Johnson Publishing Co., publisher of EBONY and Jet, I accept this challenge with unwavering resolve--dedicated and determined to continue building on the inspiring legacy that my father, John H. Johnson, shaped for nearly 60 years.
At times like these, it's perfectly normal for concerned onlookers to speculate and wonder what's next--especially those who have welcomed EBONY into their homes with such consistency and routine that, for them, it has become "a family member" displayed on coffee tables and (from generation to generation) woven into the fabric of life for millions. I greatly appreciate that special kind of devotion, and I want to assure all who are concerned that EBONY--founded in November 1945 and remains the flagship of this company--will continue to strengthen its historic legacy, which is characterized by the magazine's unique ability to educate, empower, encourage and entertain.
Since the publication of our July 2003 issue, you have seen the emergence of a new EBONY, one that has gotten a face-lift of sorts, thanks to a combination of dramatic and subtle changes. We consider the presentation of the magazine to be a work in progress as we continue to try to meet the needs and desires of our readers in this ever-changing society. …