Margena Christian Featured in WGN-TV Profile

The feature, hosted by Courtney Gousman, will air Thursday, February 13, at 9:00 pm.

Dr. Christian is the author of Empire: The House That John H. Johnson Built and teaches in the English Department, including in the new Professional Writing Minor.


Being a Chicago kid, I saw Ebony & Jet magazines sitting on the coffee tables of just about every relative’s home I visited. I didn’t know a world without it, until recently when both publications ceased printing. Johnson Publishing Company was an enormous empire that helped to shape the Civil Rights Movement and the careers of countless black entertainers, politicians, and journalists. But with so many historic pieces now sold, that empire is almost gone. So what happened?I reveal what I found Thursday night at 9pm on WGN TV. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM #Ebony #Jet #FashionFair #EbonyFashionFair #JohnsonPublishing #JohnsonPublishingCompany #JPC #JohnJohnson #EuniceJohnson #blackhistory #legacy #empire #ChicagoHistory

Posted by Courtney Gousman on Sunday, February 9, 2020

Video courtesy of Courtney Gousman’s Facebook page.