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ABOUT US

The Name

The Swann Fellowship was named for Darius and Vera Swann, who on behalf of their son James became the lead plaintiffs in Swann vs. Mecklenburg in the 1960s. Darius Swann was the first African American Presbyterian missionary ever assigned outside of Africa. The family's experiences in India led them to appreciate the value of an integrated society for human development.

The Vision

We will be a prophetic voice for inclusive public schools where all Charlotte-Mecklenburg children reach their potential.

The Mission

The mission of the Swann Fellowship is: to challenge the people of Charlotte-Mecklenburg to demand, sustain and send their children to a quality, equitable, integrated public school system; to inform and educate all people on that task; to provide forums for dialogue about diversity, excellence and equity; and to collaborate with other groups.

The Background

Formed in 1997 by members of several Charlotte religious congregations, the Fellowship focuses on being a witness to the value of diversity, and educating the public on public school issues as they relate to this and allied subjects. The Swann Fellowship is a nonprofit organization exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (EIN 56-2106776). Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 1-888-830-4989. The license is not an endorsement by the state.

Board of Directors

The Fellowship has a Board of Directors of no more than 20 members. As of April 2012, there were six members: John R. (Mickey) Aberman, Charles Haywood Bush, Jim Henderlite, Araminta Johnston, Steve Johnston and Leonard R. Jones.

Contact Information

The Swann Fellowship, 1510 E.7th St., Charlotte, NC 28204.

Leonard R. (Deacon) Jones, president ljones@swannfellowship.org.