St. Louis Native Son Honored with "Trumpet Award"

(ATLANTA, January 20, 2011) – Harry E. Johnson, Sr. who serves in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer for the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc. and a graduate of CBC High School has been selected to receive the “President’s” Award at the 2011 Trumpet Awards Gala to be held in Atlanta on January 29th.

Originally presented by Turner Broadcasting in 1993 and now presented by the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc., the Trumpet Awards were created to herald the accomplishments of Black Americans who have succeeded against immense odds. Special recognition is given to the few, who symbolize the many, who have overcome the ills of racism and poverty and achieved special greatness.  The 2011 Trumpet Awards will be aired on April 24 on TV ONE.

“Mr. Johnson’s tireless passion and relentless efforts has allowed him to ensure that MLK Memorial will not only be built on the National Mall, but dedicated as well in August of 2011 for the world to see and behold for generations to come. Harry Johnson represents the truest essence of this great award; the achievement of special greatness,” states Ms. Xernona Clayton, Founder, President and CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Inc. and Creator and Executive Producer of the Foundation’s Trumpet Awards.

Harry E. Johnson, Sr. has led the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation as President and CEO since 2002. The President of the United States and the U.S. Congress charged the MLK Foundation with erecting a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Under Johnson's leadership, the MLK Memorial Foundation has raised $109 million of the $120 million needed to complete the memorial; positioned three boards (Executive Leadership Cabinet, Governing Board and Honorary Board) for the foundation; and garnered support from all living U.S. Presidents, Congress, members of the corporate and nonprofit communities, and celebrities 

“I am very humbled and honored to be recognized with such a prestigious award. Being part of a team that organized the support and contributions made by millions to build a memorial to a man who was a citizen of the world, whose messages of democracy, justice, hope and love transcended racial barriers and resonated around the globe, I am grateful and blessed for this unique opportunity." adds Johnson.

Mr. Johnson is a career lawyer, entrepreneur and public servant. From 2001 - 2004, he served as National President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, the fraternity to which Dr. King belonged. While serving in this role, Johnson oversaw over 700 chapters located throughout the United States and abroad; increased the number of chapters in good standing; and was credited with enhancing the national image of the organization with fraternity members, business leaders and political officials.

He is also a Partner at the Law Office of Glenn and Johnson. He served as City Attorney for Kendelton, Texas from 1996 – 1999, and taught at Texas Southern University in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law and School of Public Affairs. Johnson is also a small business owner who has dedicated his time to community groups and issues, such as voter registration, blood donations, HIV/AIDS, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers.

Johnson received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Texas Southern University where he was a member of the Thurgood Marshall Student Bar Association. He completed Post Baccalaureate work in Public Administration at St. Louis University and received his Bachelor of Arts from Xavier University of Louisiana. Johnson has received a number of recognitions for his public service and was named in Ebony Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Black Americans”, 2001 – 2004.

About the Trumpet Awards

The Mission of the Trumpet Award is to inspire, educate, stimulate, and enlighten human minds to the reality that success, achievement and respect are void of color and gender.

The annual Trumpet Awards acknowledges the accomplishments of men and women who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life for all…individuals and/or groups who augment the richness of this great global society by partnering with the cause of justice and equality of all.

About the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.

A Memorial honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be built on the National Mall, situated adjacent to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and in a direct line between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.  Congress passed Joint Resolutions in 1996 authorizing Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to establish a Memorial honoring Dr. King to be built in Washington, D.C.  The ceremonial groundbreaking took place on November 13, 2006 and the Memorial will be completed in 2010.  McKissack & McKissack / Turner Construction Company/ Gilford Corporation / Tompkins Builders, Inc. Joint Venture is serving as the Design-Build Team. McKissack & McKissack is the oldest minority-owned architectural firm in the United States.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit www.buildthedream.org.

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