Charlotte Post Foundation honors Bishop George Battle

Former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board chairman George Battle Jr. will receive a lifetime achievement award for decades of work in education and health care, as well as for service as a faith leader.

The Charlotte Post Foundation will recognize Battle for leading an effort to fully integrate district schools, among other contributions. Battle, 68, will receive the Luminary award on Oct. 10.

“I am quite humbled by it,” Battle said, crediting his family and others for a role in what he has accomplished.

He reached out to “the poorest of the poor kids in this community,” 40 years ago, he said, when he launched the Greater Enrichment Program.

The privately and publicly funded organization still operates today. It serves about 300 pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade children at three Charlotte-area schools with services such as after-school programs, tutoring and meals.

The Rocky Mount native was a board member for Carolinas Healthcare System for 33 years as commissioner and adviser and retired in 2014. He still serves with the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation board.

Battle, an AME Zion Bishop, was among the founders for the Urban League of Central Carolinas in the 1970s and has been a board member with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Chapter of the NAACP.

Through the nonprofit Biddleville Housing Corporation, which he founded, he built and renovated homes in west Charlotte’s Biddleville-Five Points community to increase ownership.

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