The Milwaukee Press Club held its 34th Annual Media Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, October 25, 2013 at the Potawatomi Casino Ballroom. This event honored individuals who have made great contributions to print and broadcast journalism. Mrs. Louvenia Johnson (inset), co-founder of the Milwaukee Times Weekly Newspaper was inducted at the event. Johnson established a journalism program for high school students and scholarship foundation with her Social Security check. To this day, the scholarship has awarded over $500,000 to Milwaukee youth. Mrs. Johnson passed away in February 2008 at the age of 96. Pictured above are aspiring journalism students: Colton Dunham, Amber Ridgeway, Ciera Sutton, Nathan Conyers (co-founder of the Milwaukee Times), Raina Johnson and Lauren Miller.
The question is often asked, what can one person do to change their community?
Well, Mrs. Louvenia Johnson answered that question very well by her many acts of generosity to individuals and organizations. And on Friday, October 25, 2013, the Milwaukee Press Club inducted Mrs. Johnson posthumously into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame.
In 1981, Johnson co-founded The Christian Times Newspaper, along with Nathan Conyers and Luther Golden. The Christian Times was envisioned to be a publication that served the faith-based community, because there was no other news voice for the faith community in the city of Milwaukee. The publication broadened its focus and later in that same year began to incorporate more community news and the name was changed to The Milwaukee Times and thus launched a weekly publication.
Johnson served as office and personnel manager. She visited advertisers, answered the phone, communicated with churches, assisted with the delivery of the paper and took the paper to the printer. She was a joy to work with and never missed a day coming to the office; her infectious energy was kept alive by her love of Christ and her favorite snacks, a Pepsi Cola with a bag of pork skins.
Johnson was known as a real visionary leader and pioneer in the news business. Her vision and passion for the news ran across Wisconsin in various communities: Milwaukee, Beloit, Racine and Madison.