Two Southeast Arkansas natives were honored in 2012, one for her distinguished military career and the other, honored posthumously, for overcoming poverty to build a massive business empire. Both of these individuals achieved great success in their respective careers and were duly honored in 2012.
John H. Johnson
Desha County native John H. Johnson, founder Ebony and Jet magazines, was immortalized in 2012 with a U.S. postage stamp bearing his image. Johnson, who overcame poverty to build a business empire which included magazines, cosmetics, radio stations, and book publishing, was the first black person on Forbes magazine’s annual list of the 400 wealthiest people in America in 1982.
LeAnne Pittman Burch
LeAnne Pittman Burch, of Monticello, was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, highlighting a distinguished military career as a Judge Advocate.
Burch was “pinned” in a ceremony on August 18 at the Arkansas Supreme Court Building in Little Rock. The Judge Advocate General of the Army, Lieutenant General (LTG) Dana Chipman, presided over the ceremony.