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Johnny JenkinsDepartment: Programming
Title: Director of Programs
Phone: (248) 398-7105 x226
Johnny is a highly regarded social justice activist and organizer. He has over fifteen years of experience and accomplishments working toward LGBT equality in African American communities. He is a founder of the Black Pride Society, which works to advance equality for the African American Same-Gender-Loving communities in Southeast Michigan. Johnny led a multimillion dollar social justice grant making portfolio for Arcus, a leading Michigan-based philanthropic organization. In addition, Jenkins directed the Foundation's Michigan Racial & Economic Justice Initiative, while working collaboratively with other grant-makers and non-profits to advance social justice inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Johnny Jenkins Jr. holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Western Michigan University and has served as the creative director and principal of NoirAmerica, a graphic design and communications firm he founded. He is an accomplished spoken word artist (known as JyObadele), and currently serves as the resident host/co-producer of the EchoVerse Poetry & Slam Series, home of the 2007-08 Detroit Slam Teams.
Mr. Jenkins has an extensive record of service in the LGBT and Detroit communities, which has included serving as the Midwest Coordinator of the International Federation of Black Prides (1998 - 2007). Johnny's work has been acknowledged through numerous awards, including the People’s Choice Award (2010), Political Award (2005) and the Rising Star Award (1996) from the State of Michigan LGBT Community Pride Committee; the Triangle Foundation Catalyst Award (2008 and 2002), the Detroit City Council Spirit of Detroit Award (2001 and 2002) and the Conscience of the Community Award (1999) from KICK Publishing Company.