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African American Lives 2 -- Hosted by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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Linda Johnson Rice
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Linda Johnson Rice is the President and chief executive officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.: whose holdings include Ebony and Jet magazines, as well as Fashion Fair Cosmetics.

Milestones in Linda Johnson Rice's ancestry:

  • 1878 Reverend William McAlpine, Linda Johnson-Rice's great grandfather, founds the Alabama Baptist Normal and Theological School which later becomes known as Selma University.

  • 1933 John Johnson--father of Linda Johnson-Rice--and his family leave Arkansas City, Arkansas, for Chicago, Illinois, where he is able to attend high school. He writes in his autobiography Succeeding Against the Odds: "My disadvantage, a disadvantage that carried me to unprecedented wealth, was that Arkansas city didn't provide a high school education for blacks. I thanked fate for that gift many times."

  • 1958 Linda Johnson Rice is born on May 22 in Chicago, Illinois.

  • Put Linda Johnson Rice's life and ancestry in historical context with the Interactive Historical Timeline.


    Major corporate funding for African American Lives 2 and its outreach initiatives is provided by The Coca-Cola Company and Johnson & Johnson. Additional corporate funding is provided by Buick.
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