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Today, marks iconic magazine moments in history

by Johari Hamilton

On Nov. 1, 1945, John H. Johnson, founder of Johnson Publishing Company, published the first issue of Ebony magazine (a spin-off of the Negro Digest published in 1942).

According to, "magazines brought merit and prestige to many people of color while highlighting the great achievements of African-Americans for over 75 years."

On Nov. 1, 1951, Johnson published the first issue of Jet magazine. The weekly magazine was originally issued as a “pocket issue” to make news more accessible and convenient for its readers, “there is more news and far less time to read it,’’ said Johnson.

To learn more about Ebony and Jet magazine go to

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