The Multicultural Audience Development Initiative and The Costume Institute honored the late Eunice W. Johnson with a luncheon and tribute in the Temple of Dendur on January 11, 2010. Former President Bill Clinton and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers were among some of the distinguished guests. Ms. Rogers presented a letter from President Obama and the First Lady with their sentiments regarding the occasion. Eunice W. Johnson helped build Johnson Publishing Company, home to Ebony and Jet magazines. She also served as both producer and director of Ebony Fashion Fair, which showcased the best fashions on African-American models of various shapes, sizes, and skin tones.
Eunice W. Johnson Tribute Luncheon
The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a tribute luncheon for Eunice W. Johnson, philanthropist, fashion icon, and a founder of the magazine Ebony. Planned months in advance, the event took place just after Mrs. Johnson's death at age 93 on January 3, 2010. More than 175 guests assembled in The Museum's Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing to honor Mrs. Johnson for employing fashion to empower African Americans through the Ebony Fashion Fair.
President Bill Clinton; Desirée Rogers, White House Social Secretary; Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Emily K. Rafferty, Met President; Linda Johnson Rice, Ebony Chairman and CEO; Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute; Donna Williams, Met Chief Audience Development Officer
The Eunice W. Johnson Tribute Luncheon took place on Monday, January 11, 2010, made possible in part by Macy's
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