FREE John H. Johnson Holiday Observance and Celebration

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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

501 West 9th Street

Little Rock, AR 72201

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John H. Johnson's official holiday is November 1, 2019. Linda Johnson Rice, daughter of John H. Johnson, will be the featured guest.

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John H. Johnson Day was established April 16, 2019 during the 92nd General Assembly.

Johnson published Ebony and Jet Magazines, and was the founder, publisher, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing Company, once the largest Black-owned publishing company in the world.

The official holiday will unveil at two locations with featured guest, Linda Johnson Rice, the daughter of John H. Johnson: John H. Johnson Museum and Educational Center (John H. Johnson Museum), 604 President Street/Courthouse Square at 10:00 a.m. in Arkansas City; and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 501 West 9th Street at 5:30 p.m. in Little Rock.

Dr. Margena A. Christian, author of the book, Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built will be the guest speaker at the Mosaic Templars Culture Center at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and at the John H. Johnson Museum at 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Museum was established in 2004, with Johnson in attendance at its grand opening. For this year’s holiday observance, the Museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with an official John H. Johnson Day signing, school participation and student activities, Museum tours and a book presentation by Christian.

Dr. Barbara Lofton, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Sam M. Walton College of Business (WCOB) at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville will present the John H. Johnson Entrepreneur Award to a power couple who embodies the entrepreneurial spirit of Johnson. Mr. Hosea Sanders, TV Anchor, ABC 7 WLS Chicago will present the John H. Johnson Journalism and Media Award to a power couple who excels in journalism and multimedia. This year’s John H. Johnson Entrepreneur Award recipients are Mr. Eddie and Mrs. Sherra Armstrong with Cannabis Capital Group. This year’s Journalism and Media Award recipients are Mr. Renarda and Mrs. Helaine Williams with the Arkansas Democrat Gazette Newspaper.

John H. Johnson Day events in Little Rock and Arkansas City are free to the public. RSVP at Eventbrite.com is required for the Little Rock celebration due to seating capacity.

Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built is $25 advance purchase only at Eventbrite.com. Books will not be sold at the Little Rock commemoration. A limited number of this book will be available for $25 at the John H. Johnson Museum in Arkansas City, Friday, November 1, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Proceeds from the book sales will support John H. Johnson Museum’s programs and John H. Johnson Day.

For more information on John H. Johnson Museum and John H. Johnson Day, visit www.johnhjohnsonmuseum.org.

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Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

501 West 9th Street

Little Rock, AR 72201

United States

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