#January23, 1946 #SusanLTaylor, hall of fame #journalist, #editor, and #author, was born in #HarlemNewYork. Taylor started her career at #Essencemagazine in 1970 as a freelance fashion and beauty editor. By 1981, she had risen to #editorinchief, a position she held until 2000. During the 1980s, she attended night school and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from #FordhamUniversity in 1991. In addition to her editing responsibilities, Taylor was #executiv producer and host of #Essence,TheTelevisionProgram during the 1980s and in the 1990s sstartedEssenceBooks. In 2000, Taylor was promoted to #publicationsdirector, a position she held until leaving the magazine in 2008. In 1998, Taylor received the #HenryJohnsonFisherAward, considered one of the industry’s highest honors, from the Magazine Publishers of America. She was the #firstAfricanAmericanwoman to receive the award. In 2002, she was inducted into the #AmericanSocietyofMagazineEditorsHallofFame and in 2006 received the #PresidentsAward from the NAACP. Taylor has published several books, including “In the Spirit: The Inspirational Writings of Susan L. Taylor” (1993), “Lessons in Living” (1995), and “All About Love: Favorite Selections from “In the Spirit” on Living Fearlessly” (2008). In 2005, Taylor founded the #NationalCaresMentoringMovement. Taylor has received honorary doctorate degrees from numerous colleges and universities, including Spelman College, Lincoln University, the University of Delaware, and Fordham University.