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#OURVOICES: Lee Williams- Positive One

Linel “Lee” Williams, III was born and raised in Carthage, NC, just outside of Charlotte, NC. Lee learned how to work hard and take advantage of the opportunities given to him from his parents. His athletic ability and drive earned him a scholarship to the

#OURVOICES: Mario Black- Million Youth March

Mario Black, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, realized his life’s passion at an early age. As a child growing up in the historic Earle Village community, currently known as First Ward, he learned that whatever life presented he would one day overcome life’s challenges. He

#OURVOICES: James Shepherd

James Shepherd was born in Columbia, TN about 20 miles outside of Nashville. He moved around a lot during his childhood even lived with his grandparents briefly. Early on in his teens he began living the street life and living a criminal lifestyle. After the

#OURVOICES: Dennis Reed Jr

At just 17 years old, Reed started his own non-profit called “Inspire the Fire.” Serving approx. 400 youth yearly, Reed’s nonprofit helps young people succeed on stage and in life.  Youth often enter the program beset by many challenges. The arts reach students who are

#OURVOICES: Darren “JAZ” Vincent

Darren Vincent was 30 years old before reading his first book. From there a change he notes occurred. Coming from the tough area of  Niagara Falls, NY to now residing here in Charlotte NC, he has undoubted seen much, experienced much and from that he’s