Ebony/Jet Building. The former YWCA building on the lef
was demolished earlier this year (photo by Lee Bey)
When the 11-story Johnson Publishing Co., headquarters building was dedicated 38 years ago, it was a big thing. A very big thing.
A thousand people showed up, packing the wide sidewalk and street outside the building at 820 S. Michigan to celebrate Ebony and Jet magazine publisher John H. Johnson's triumph. In addition to dignitaries such as Mayor Richard J. Daley and the Rev. Jesse Jackson (resplendent in Afro and Dashiki) , the list of attendees and visitors to the building in its opening weeks reads like of who's who of who was hip and happening in 1972.