Bishop T.D. Jakes was in our city yesterday to tape an upcoming episode for The T.D. Jakes Show that will focus in on recent shooting incidences in both Charlotte and Tulsa, OK. Jakes visited the neighborhood off Old Concord Road where Keith Scott was shot and killed by police and spoke with Urban League president Patrick Graham.  The episode “Conversation […]

How did you discover Dr. King? The neighborhood I grew up in had a community center named after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I knew…

Patrick Graham wants to reshape the conversations surrounding the debilitating policies impacting people he calls at-opportunity rather than at-risk. Graham says much of the focus has been on the immorality of how people are being impacted. Instead Graham said we should focus on our the united self-interests of competitiveness,  economic impact and stable families.   […]

Leaders of the Hip Hop Caucus, a national, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that engages young people in urban communities in elections, policy making and community service projects led by Rev. Lennox Yearwood, hosted students from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) and Livingstone College on at their respective schools on Wednesday and Thursday to learn more about […]

Last night Uptown magazine recognized Urban League CEO Patrick Graham, dentist Kim Blanding and promoter Mike Kitchen for their contributions to the community in their respective fields and overall. The event, held at Mez, drew a mix of Charlotte tastemakers.

The stories are compelling and so are the needs. Each month, Urban League Central Carolinas helps dozens of young men and women learn skills to help them get jobs in this changing economy. On Thursday, several of those beneficiaries shared their personal stories of how the organization helped them during a fundraiser at the Omni. […]

Everyday people sacrificing their lives and jobs was the backbone of the civil rights movement. No matter how these heroes were berated and beaten they kept singing in the face of danger knowing their fight was righteous and their cause just. Negro spirituals and activist singers provided the soundtrack for a movement that changed America […]

Creative Loafing columnist Nsenga Burton opines this week that Charlotte has a vacuum of black leadership. What is she talking about? We have a black mayor, we have city council members, county commissioners and school board members who are black. JCSU President Dr. Ronald Carter slightly trails Mayor Anthony Foxx in popularity among city leaders. […]

The Who’s Who of Black Charlotte attended the JCSU 2nd Annual Arch of Triumph Gala at the Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday. Attendees included the Gantts, Rep. Mel Watt, Urban League president Patrick Graham and numerous elected officials and city leaders. The event honored John Crosland, Chairman Emeritus, Crosland, LLC and an Affordable Housing; Wintley […]