Black Lives Matter

Local Black Leaders Share How Best to Support Their Community

The guide for white allies

If one thing has become devastatingly clear over the last two months, it’s that white people need to do better. Inspired by a recent conversation with our friend and local chef Whit Thomas about the striking lack of education on all things Black that most white people go through life with, we thought it would be a good time to reach out to local leaders in the Black community and compile a list of ways that white people who want to do more for Black neighbors can do so without putting the burden of emotional labor on said neighbors.

The following lists were put together thanks to contributions from Whit Thomas, Subrina Collier, Emiene Wright, Shelton Sparks, Alysia Davis, and Wisdom and Cherie Jzar, and curated by Ben Jarrell and Marc Jacksina. 

Read or Listen: Journalists, Authors and Speakers

Frederick Douglass speech

Ida B. Wells’ journalistic work

Ida B. Wells-Barnett

James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley Jr.

Angela Davis speech

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Karen Dumas

What to Watch: Add These to Your Binge Streams

I Am Not Your Negro(Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime)

Raoul Peck

13th (Netflix)

Ava DuVernay

Whose Streets?(Hulu, Amazon Prime)

Sabaah Folayan

LA 92 – (Netfliz, Hulu, Amazon Prime)

Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin

American Son – (Netflix)

Kenny Leon

When They See Us – (Netflix)

Ava DuVernay

Time: The Kalief Browder Story – (Netflix)

Julia Willoughby-Nason and Jenner Furst

They Tried to Bury Us – (Coming soon)

Bree Newsome

Who to Follow: Local Social Media Pages and People to Follow

Some of the people below are more active on some social platforms than others. If you would like to send a friend request or follow request to the individuals, they have the option to deny you access to follow them. We encourage you to be on the lookout for these individuals as they are thought leaders and activists in our communities with powerful words and stances.

Kristie Pucket-Williams (Photo by Alvin C. Jacobs Jr.)
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Charlotte Uprising
Twitter: @cltuprising
Instagram: @charlotteuprising

Seeking Justice CLT
Twitter: @SJC_clt

NAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Twitter: @CharlotteNAACP1
Instagram: @naacp.charmeck

Educate 2 Engage
Twitter: @edu2engage
Instagram: @edu2engage

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Kristie Puckett-Williams
Twitter: @Kristie_1979
Instagram: @Kristie_1979

Kass Ottley
Twitter: @Kottley1
Instagram: @Kottley1

Quientina Stewart
Twitter: @ExecChefQue
Instagram: @ExecChefQue

Reia Chapman
Twitter: @ReiaChapmanLCSW
Instagram: @ReiaChapmanLCSW

Ash Williams
Twitter: @Ash_Bash23
Instagram: @AshWilliamsCLT

Justin Perry
Instagram: @justinperrycounseling


Who to Fund: Places to Invest in Your Community


Charlotte Uprising Jail Support Bail Fund
Cash App: $WereStillHere
Venmo: @Communityjustice

Charlotte Jail Support
Protesters march by the Jail Support site on East 4th Street during a march. (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

Seeking Justice CLT

Cash App: $SeekingJusticeCLT

Feed the Movement CLT

Cash App: $nadaproblem
Venmo: @feedthemovementCLT

The Bail Project

Block Love CLT

The Males Place

Ketchmore Kids

Where to Eat: Hungry? Chow Down at These Local Black-Owned Restaurants

We have included a map of all the following locations that have permanent addresses.


Uptown Yolk
224 E. 7th St., 28202

Hot Box Kitchen
165 Brumley Ave. NE, Concord, 28025
Read our feature story.

Mr. Charles Chicken & Fish
3100 Statesville Ave., 28206
8006 Cambridge Commons Drive, 28215
704-333-0455 (Statesville Ave.)
704-595-7410 (Cambridge Commons)

1508 S. Mint St., 28203

Leah & Louise
301 Camp Road, 28206
Read our feature story

Leah & Louise
Receiving a curbside carry-out order at Leah & Louise. (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

Sub One Hoagie House
516 N. Graham St., 28202

Two Scoops Creamery
913 Central Ave., 28204

Lulu’s Maryland Style Seafood & Chicken
2400 Tuckaseegee Road, 28208

The Cooking Pot
5622 E Independence Blvd., #129, 28212

Anntony’s Caribbean Cafe
6434-F W. Sugar Creek Road, 28269

It’s Poppin’ Kettle Corn
7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St., 28202

BW Sweets Bakery
3126 Milton Road E., 28215

Cuzzo’s Cuisine
3418 Tuckaseegee Road, 28208

Seafood Connection
630 University Center Blvd., 28269

Scratch Kitchen CLT Food Truck
Follow on Instagram: @ScratchKitchenClt

Floyd’s Soul Food
4122 N. Graham St., 28206

Sun Burger Vegan Cuisine Food Truck
Follow on Instagram: @sunburgervegancuisine

What the Fries Food Truck
Find location through Instagram: @whatthefriesclt
Read our feature story.

What the Fries
The What the Fries team (from left): operations manager Kaila Williams and co-founders Jamie Barnes and Greg Williams. (Photo courtesy of WTF)

NoDa Market & Deli
1721 N. Davidson St., 28206

Mert’s Heart & Soul
214 N. College St., 28202

Queen Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant
4808 Central Ave., Suite C, 28205

Popbar Charlotte
3123 N. Davidson St., #102B, 28205

Sage Restaurant & Lounge
505 E 6th St, 28202

Cheesecake Carousel Food Truck
Follow on Instagram: @cheesecake_carousel

Koffee Kup New Edition
430 Old Little Rock Road, 28214

Wrap ‘n Roll Food Truck
Follow on Instagram: @wrapnrollclt

The Nappy Chef
5933 Albemarle Road, 28212
Read our feature story.

Rojshawn Dontae, aka The Nappy Chef, in his east Charlotte restaurant. (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

Original Chicken & Ribs
1100 Beatties Ford Road, 28216

The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary
2326 Arty Ave., 28208

Mama’s Caribbean
1504 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

7945 N. Tryon St., Unit 110, 28262

Caribbean Hut
Multiple locations
704-593-0030 (North Tryon Street location)

Mr. 3’s Crab Pot
Mutliple locations
980-237-1626 (West Charlotte location)
Read our feature story.

Rana (left) and Rod Brown in front of their first Mr. 3’s Crab Pot location. (Photo by Jerry Brown)

Mama Gee’s
509 Beatties Ford Road, 28216

Ace of Spuds Food Truck
Follow on Instagram: @aceofspudstruck

Nana Morrison’s Soul Food
2908 Oaklake Blvd., Suite 106, 28208

Bobbee O’s BBQ
9401 Statesville Road, 28269

516 N. Graham St., 28202

Enat Ethiopian Restaurant
4450 The Plaza, Suite D, 28215

OooWee BBQ Food Truck
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