UMSL Grad Student Honored as Hero

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A St. Louis man has been chosen as a "Give Back Day Hero" for 2011 by Allstate.

Leonard Johnson, Give Back Day Hero
Leonard Johnson, Give Back Day Hero
Leonard Johnson, a graduate student in public policy and administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, was honored for co-founding a citywide initiative, Dreamkeepers. The nonprofit honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by promoting "racial harmony and economic justice" in St. Louis.

And as Allstate notes, Johnson doesn't just talk a good game. When his sister passed away, he became the legal guardian to her young son, Jeremy. (We presume that's the little guy he's laughing with in the picture. Can you say "awwww"?)

The Give Back Day program uses Martin Luther King Jr. Day to encourage local volunteer work. Johnson will receive the honor, along with three other heroes, at the King Center's Salute to Greatness Banquet in January.

See? There is good news out there in America's Most Dangerous City (TM)!

About The Author

Sarah Fenske

Sarah Fenske is the executive editor of Euclid Media Group, overseeing publications in eight cities. She is the former host of St. Louis on the Air and was previously editor-in-chief of the RFT and the LA Weekly. She lives in St. Louis.
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