african american initiative

The African-American Initiative (AAI) of the United Way of Greater High Point is a group of citizens with a connection to Greater High Point that are working to provide and support opportunities that engage and promote growth and development in Greater High Point’s African-American, other minority, and under-served communities. Membership in AAI is free and open to anyone who supports AAI’s mission.

AAI Mission


We support & strengthen African-American, other minority, and under-served citizens by encouraging service, involvement & philanthropy in the Greater High Point community


AAI Goals
  • To provide opportunities for African American citizens to be engaged with the United Way of Greater High Point and its partner and affiliated agencies

  • To identify issues of importance to Greater High Point’s African-American community

  • To support activities that promote the mission of AAI

  • To continually highlight the importance of community involvement and philanthropy in the African-American community



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AAI Steering Committee


Janet-Riley Wright- Chair

Charrisse Franklin- Secretary

Terrence Thomas

Myra Williams

Antoine Dalton

Dell McCormick

Mary Lou Blakeney

Carlvena Foster

Joe Barnes- Staff

Latoya Bullock- Staff

Project Board Development

Project Board Development: PBD is a leadership development program designed to identify, recruit and train a diverse group of candidates for referral to serve on committees and governing boards of area health and human service organizations. Classes are held in the Spring and Fall.  Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, classes are currently being held virtually.

For those who missed the live virtual event of our UWGHP/AAi Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, March 16th, you can still benefit from the discussion with this recording.


Listen as experts help dispel the myths and give the facts surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines.

A special thank you to Natalie Wilson of FOX8 for moderating this special event.

Join the AAI Town Hall Meeting COVID-19

More Ways To Get Involved?

Join us for any AAI event prior to becoming a member.

Mix & Mingles: These are free networking events that provide a relaxed forum for professionals to learn about what’s happening in the community and how they can get involved.

  • Attend Monthly Meetings: 3rd Friday of each month @ 9:30 am

  • Join the E-Mail List

  • Join a Committee

  • Support an AAI Event

For more information, contact:


Latoya Bullock, (336) 899-0879,

Joe Barnes, (336) 883-1077,