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
Work History:
Retired Teacher & Coach
Education: 
York Road HS, 
Harding HS
BS Winston-Salem University
MA A&T State
Personal Interests:
Crafts
John Cunningham
BMP President
Work History:
Retired Charlotte Firefighter, 37 years of service
Education: 
Second Ward HS, Harding HS
Personal Interests:
Sports
Levi Steele
BMP Second Vice President
Work History:
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Retired
 
Education: 
BA Political Science, Winston-Salem State University
Personal Interests:
Life itself
Donald R. Cureton, Sr. 
BMP Treasurer
Robert Weeks Sr.
BMP Trustee
Work History:
U.S. Army Retired
Middle School Teacher
Director, Mecklenburg County Veterans Services
Education: 
Olympic HS
BS 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 
Work History:
 
Education: 
Personal Interests:
Jerry Grier
Work History:
Account/Insurance Broker
 
Education: 
BA Accounting, Belmont Abby College
Personal Interests:
Johnny Ingram
Work History:
Education: 
Personal Interests:
Theodore Pearson
Work History:
Director of Purchasing, CPM - 35 years - retired
 
Education: 
South Mecklenburg HS
Winston-Salem State University
Virginia Tech
Personal Interests:
Golfing
James Brailey 
BMP Secretary
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
Larry Murray
BMP First Vice President
Dewitt Mobley 
BMP Chaplain
Work History:
US Navy Retired
Veterans Counselor, Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABBCM) Asheville, NC
Certified Teacher, Mecklenburg County Schools and Victory Christian School
 
Education: 
Masters of Theological Studies, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
Personal Interests:
Musician and golfing
Work History:
Federal Reserve Bank, Retired
 
Education: 
Harding HS
Personal Interests:
Football
Elmore Hannah
Work History:
Teacher, Piedmont Middle School, 1976-2008
Education: 
BS, Health & Physical Education
Winston-Salem State University
Personal Interests:
Coaching, athletics
Fred Stafford
Work History:
Owner, Ham's Custom Masonry, Retired
 
Education: 
Central Piedmont Community College
Personal Interests:
Visual Arts
Keith Ham
Work History:
Underwriter State Farm
 
Education: 
BA Macalester College
Personal Interests:
Caring and Sharing
Calvin Simmons