June 16, 2021

SPECIAL SECTION

Men Moving Mountains

Jamall Kinard

By Ryan Kouame

 

EDUCATOR, COACH, COMMUNITY ORGANIZER, and racial equity trainer Jamall Kinard is revitalizing efforts in the community by focusing on family stability and civic awareness. After serving 10 years as an educator in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System, Kinard eagerly joined the Racial Equity Institute (REI) in August of 2019.

 

As a community organizer/consultant and executive director of the Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance (LNA), his ultimate goal is to create a community organizing blueprint and foster an environment where the truth is celebrated, strong families are cultivated, and racism is dismantled for all communities, organizations, and institutions to follow.

 

As a coach, his goals are to educate himself and others on the history of this country and its systems, build generational wealth by bridging the gap between effort and access, and empower people in the Black community through conscious and consistent leadership.

 

“Plain and simple, there is no way that we can help each other if there is a system in place that thrives off of us staying in our own bubbles and only being concerned about ourselves. We have to engage with each other, so that we can educate each other and empower each other,” says Kinard.

 

Kinard holds a master’s degree in sports leadership from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Gardner-Webb University. He also holds nonprofit business management certifications from both Wake Forest University and Duke University. He is originally from Newberry, SC, but has resided in Charlotte for the past 10 years.