Jovan Johnson carried a message for central Iowa leaders when he was given the Amy Jennings Young Professional Impact Award last month.
Johnson, the assistant director of employer engagement and internships at Grinnell College, wore a “Black Lives Matter” T-shirt under his suit jacket. And he told the crowd about a meeting of community leaders he had recently attended.
“The first thing I noticed was very few black and brown faces present, which was disturbing,” he said. “How can we have a conversation about a community as diverse as Des Moines without having diverse representation?”