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Founder of Phoenix’s “Fight Back” initiative dies

[Source: Arizona Republic] — Leonard G. Knight, a longtime Phoenix employee known as the father of the city’s Fight Back initiative, died July 21 of an apparent heart attack.  He was 53.  Knight, an administrator in the Phoenix’s planning department, worked in various departments during 20 years with the city.  In the early 1990s, he helped launch the Fight Back program, which offers distressed neighborhoods a temporary increase in city services to help reduce crime and blight.

Knight was a former president of 100 Black Men of Phoenix, a group that works to enhance educational and economic opportunities for Blacks.  He was also active in Toastmasters.  Knight is survived by his wife, Gail, and three children.