The host committee consisted of Gayle Perkins Atkins, Carol Sutton Lewis, David Meitus, designer B. Michael, Linda Johnson Rice, Audrey Smaltz, Andre Leon Talley, Lizzie Tisch and Isabel and Ruben Toledo. The invitation was non-transferable, required business attire, lasted from noon- 2:30 PM and read: "The Host Committee invite you to a luncheon celebrating a philanthropist, fashion icon and a founder of Ebony Magazine." Former President Bill Clinton gave the sentimental opening address and told the guests that he and Mr. Johnson were from the same state of
NY Gov David Paterson bestowed a proclamation in honor of Eunice W. Johnson and it read in part: "The Empire State is proud to recognize the lives of extraordinary individuals.....Eunice was a groundbreaking giant in the world of fashion and design as well as a visionary pioneer, philanthropist and inspiration to countless Americans of all ages, races and backgrounds."
Her legacy is in very good hands with her daughter Linda Johnson Rice at the helm.
(Special thanks to Aisha Murff!)
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