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MLK advisor Bob Brown to speak at annual holiday breakfast
Entrepreneur keynotes YMCA fundraiser
Published Thursday, January 16, 2020 8:00 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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An advisor to Martin Luther King is keynote speaker to a Charlotte staple of the city’s annual MLK celebration.

Bob Brown, founder of High Point-based B&C Associates, will speak at the MLK Holiday Breakfast at the Charlotte Convention Center’s Crown Ballroom Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is the sponsor and 1,100 people are expected to attend.

Proceeds from the breakfast go to youth programs at the McCrorey YMCA, which was founded in 1936 to serve black Charlotteans during state-sanctioned segregation. 

Doors open at 7:30 a.m. Tickets are on sale and will be available before the breakfast at the Convention Center.

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Brown took a front-row seat to the civil rights movement to King before leveraging his skills in crisis management, race relations and business at B&C Associates and B&C International, a business management consulting firm.

“For 26 years, this breakfast has gathered Charlotteans in celebration of diversity and Dr. King’s legacy,” said McCrorey YMCA Executive Director Dena Paulding. “We are thrilled to hear from a humble leader like Dr. Brown, whose life reminds us that the path to influence is marked by generosity and service.”

Brown advised and raised money for King and built corporate communications strategies for companies like F.W. Woolworth Corp., A&P Supermarkets and Wrangler during the civil rights movement. As special assistant to President Richard Nixon, Brown developed the U.S. Minority Enterprise Program, which brought millions of dollars in support to black-owned businesses. Brown added author to his resume last year with a memoir, “You Can’t Go Wrong Doing Right.”



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