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About US


Black Men With a Purpose was officially established in 2014 by a group of individuals who attended one of the historically black high schools in Charlotte; Second Ward, West Charlotte, and York Road. They were inspired by a number of mentors at each of the High Schools who were instrumental in motivating students to attend colleges and universities. In an interest of carrying on the traditions of these mentors, BMP was organized. BMP received its articles of incorporation and tax exempt status on August 15, 2015.

Our Members

Larry Murray
BMP First Vice President

Levi Steele
BMP Second Vice President

Work History:

Charlotte Mecklenburg School System35 years employed (teacher/coach) currently retired

Education:  Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Undergraduate degree BS Winston Salem University Graduate degree MA A&T Sate University

Personal Interests: Gardening, Crafts, Motorcycling, coaching and watching sports and traveling

Work History: Sub District Director - USW

Education:  York Road HS Second Ward HS Olympic HS South Mecklenburg HS Winston-Salem State University

Personal Interests: Basketball & Football

Work History:  Retired Charlotte Firefighter, 37 years of service

Education:  Second Ward HS,  Harding HS

Personal Interests: Sports


James Brailey
BMP Secretary

Donald R. Cureton. Sr.
BMP Treasurer

Work History:  Director of Purchasing, CPM - 35 years - retired

 Education:  South Mecklenburg HS Winston-Salem State University Virginia Tech

Personal Interests: Golfing

Work History:- U.S. Army - 4 yrs

Retired Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Facilities Manager - 31 1/2 yrs

Education:  - Second Ward High School- West Charlotte High School- Independence High School- BA Political Science/History, Winston-Salem State University

Personal Interests: All Sports, Golf, WSSU Activities, Lawn Care


Trent Neal
BMP Trustee & Chaplin

Work History: BASF Chemical Plant (Retired)


Personal Interests: Firm believer in Jesus Christ Our Savior.  "I walk by faith not by sight".


Elmore Hannah

Work History: Charlotte Fire Dept. - 43.5 yrs

-Served in the capacity of Fire Captain - 14 yrs

-Served in the capacity of Battalion Chief - 6 yrs

-Served in the capacity of Dep Fire Chief - 15 yrs

-Served in the capacity of Fire Chief - 1 yr

-Current Employment Status - Retired Fire Chief 

Education: Graduate of Charlotte Mecklenburg School System

-Graduate of the University of NC@ Charlotte, BS

-Fire Engineering-Graduate of the National Fire AcademyEmmitsburg, Md

-Graduate of the University of NC @ Chapel Hill School of Government

-Graduate of the University of NC@ Chapel Hill Public Executive and Leadership Academy

Personal Interests: Golf, Gardening, Reading, Spending quality time with and enjoying my family

Work History: Federal Reserve Bank, Retired 

Education:  Harding HS

Personal Interests: Football


Johnny Ingram

Work History: Teacher, Piedmont Middle School, 1976-2008

Education:  BS, Health & Physical Education Winston-Salem State University

Personal Interests: Coaching, athletics


Work History: Account/Insurance Broker

Education:  BA Accounting, Belmont Abby College

Personal Interests:


Kenny Washington

Work History: Underwriter State Farm 

Education:  BA Macalester College

Personal Interests: Caring and Sharing

Work History: 

Education:  Second Ward High School West Charlotte High School

Personal Interests:

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Jerry Grier

BMP Chaplin

Work History:-Duke Energy - 21 yrs

-Citywide Mortgage Residential Loan Officer - 10yrs

Education: Graduate from Harding High School

-2 years of Vocational College of HVAC

Personal Interests: -Mt. Olive Presbyterian Elder, 

-Vice President of Men's Organization-Usher, Sunday School Teacher

-U.S. National Guard-Personnel and Finance Specialist (SP5)

-Avid Golfer


Keith Ham

Work History: Owner, Ham's Custom Masonry, Retired

Education:  Central Piedmont Community College

Personal Interests: Visual Arts


Robert Weeks Sr.

Work History: U.S. Army (Retired)

Middle School Teacher (Retired)

Director, Mecklenburg County Veterans Services (Retired)

Education:  Olympic HSBS Winston-Salem State University

Masters of Public Administration, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Personal Interests: Caring for grandkids, serving on various university and community committees and non-profits 


B. Bernard Ross

BMP Photographer

Work History:

- Worked for First Union - 8 yrs

- Retired from Postal Service


-Graduated from WSSU in 1974 BA in Business Administration (Cum Laude)

Personal Interests: Sports and Billards

Work History:

-PSA Airlines, Charlotte, NC

-Aircraft Materials Clerk, UTC Aerospace, Monroe, NC

-Asset Management, 24-7 Specialist

-U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran  Rank-Specialist Four Bronze Star recipient

-Retired UTC Aerospace Systems


-J.B. Dudley High School


Personal Interest:

Basketball, Cycling, Bowling, Photography, Connoisseur of traveling, Firm believer in Jesus Christ


Theodore Pearson

Dr. Charles Love

Work History:



Personal Interests: 

Work History:

- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools - 25 years:  Teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal

- North Carolina Department of Public Instruction-1 year:  Director of Student Information Management (SIMS)

- Johnson C. Smith University-2 years:  Chair, Department of Education

- Grambling State University-3 years:  Director of Teacher Education

- Albany State University-3 years:  Chair, Department of Middle Level Education

- Georgia College & State University-3 years:  Chair, Department of Elementary and Middle Level Education

- University of South Carolina Upstate-16 years:  Dean, College of Education, Health and Human Performance


- Bachelors of Science (B.S):  Winston-Salem State University

- Masters of Education (M. Ed.) University of North Carolina Charlotte

- Educational Specialist (Ed. S.) Appalachian State University

- Doctor of Education (Ed. D.) University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Personal Interests: 

- Spectator Sports Enthusiast:  Football, Basketball, Track, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball

- Social justice

- Church and ministry participation

- Reading


Dr. John McCoy

Work History:

-Present Pastor of the Nazareth Baptist Church Rock Hill, SC where he has served       22 years

-Served as Associate Pastor of the New St. John Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC-6 yrs

-Former Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist ChurchMcConnells, SC

-Instructor for the Congress of Christian Education, for the State of SC

-Professor of Religion and Psychology at Clinton College, Rock Hill, SC

-Former Dean of the Sandy River Baptist Association (Upper Division) and the immediate pass Moderator.

-Former Region Five Vice President of the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention, SC


Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System-Winston Salem State University

-J.W. Teamer School of Religion

-Metrolina Seminary Extension-Shaw University School of Divinity

-Liberty University

-Jacksonville Theological Seminary

-Graduate of Institute of Biblical StudiesLiberty University, Lynchburg, VA (Summa cum Laude)

-Holds Bachelor of Theology Degree, Bachelor Divinity Degree, Masters of Arts in Religious Theologyand the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)  in  Christian  Psychology.

Personal Interests: Proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. He is proud of being a Child of the Most Highest God. .Motto is "The Noblest Thing That a Man Can Do is His Best"


Frazier Lowery

Work History:

-  Retired - Advanced Computer Analyst at NC Department of Health and Human Services

- Contract Programmer Developer/Analyst Wells Fargo

- Contract Programmer/Analyst Blue Cross Blue Shield

- Senior Business System Analyst Royal & Sun Alliance


- Ashbrook High School Gastonia, NC

- Winston Salem State University BA Bus. Adm.

- CPCC - Business Computer Programming

Personal Interests:   

Sports, Traveling, Family and Faith


DeWitt Mobley


Marian Belton

Work History:

-  City of Winston-Salem, Operations Supervisor Sanitation Division 36 years.


- Garinger High School

- Winston-Salem State University

- Appalachian State University

Personal Interests:   

Basketball, Tennis, Gardening & Reading

John Cunningham
BMP President

Howard Key Sr. (Pete)
BMP Trustee

Fred Stafford

Calvin Simmons

Charles Dewalt

Donald Helton


Work History:

- US Army Veteran - Honorable Discharged


-BS Degree Winston Salem State University

Personal Interest:

Family, Faith, Sports, Reading

Work History:

-  U.S. Navy Retired - 1999

-  CMS K6 Teacher - 2005-2009

- Asheville Buncombe Community Christian

Ministry - Vet Case Worker - 2009-2013


- Second Ward High School - 1968, 1969

- West Charlotte High School - class of 1970

- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 

Bachelor of General Studies - class of 1995

- Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary Charlotte

NC, Masters of Theological Studies - class of 2009

- NCCU - attended 1970/71

Personal Interests:   

Evangelism, Playing music (Bass Guitar), Playing Golf