WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily
Black History Month 2008 "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10: JOHN JOHNSON
Profile America for the 10th day of Black History Month. Clipping
newspaper and magazine articles about African-Americans gave John Johnson
an idea, one that not only made him wealthy and honored but changed the
self-perception of the black community. The idea was to publish a magazine
about African-Americans. Borrowing $500 from his mother, Johnson brought
out Ebony magazine in 1945, profiling rising African-American figures in
business, politics and the arts. Later, he added the weekly magazine Jet.
Both proved to be widely read and influential. Now, there are 1.2 million
black-owned businesses in the U.S., generating nearly $89 billion in annual
revenue. This special edition of Profile America for Black History Month is
a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the
U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments
ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at http://www.census.gov (look
under the "Newsroom" button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at
+1-301-763-2812, fax at +1-301-457-3670, or e-mail at rreed(At)census.gov.
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau