District 2 representative
Malcolm Graham is an experienced businessman, dedicated public servant and powerful public speaker, especially on the topics of race and discrimination, community, and common-sense gun laws. He is a Charleston, S.C. native who has lived and worked in Charlotte, N.C. for more than 30 years. Malcolm is the brother of Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of the nine victims of the June 2015 Emanuel AME church shootings.
When he lost his sister in a national tragedy, Malcolm responded by traveling the country speaking to communities about overcoming hatred. He and his siblings founded the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement to honor their sister. The Foundation advocates for the expansion of literacy and availability of books in the Charleston community.
Malcolm believes that our economy is stronger when more North Carolinians have an opportunity to participate in it. He has held positions committed to fostering diversity & inclusion at the Carolinas Minority Supplier Development Councils, Inc, Bank of America, Time Warner Cable and Bovis Lend Lease.
As Special Assistant to the President for Government & Community Engagement at Johnson C. Smith University, Malcolm led a multi-sector group that oversaw development and construction of the Street Car Project, Mosaic Village, The Arts Factory, and Passing Through Lights, a public arts project.
Malcolm represented district 4 on the Charlotte City Council from 1999-2005 and represented district 40 in the North Carolina State Senate 2005-2015, serving as chairman of the Mecklenburg Delegation from 2013-2015. Graham returned backed to the Charlotte City Council in 2019.
Even Malcolm’s “day job” is community centric. He is president of The Center for Supplier Diversity, a company he founded in 2000 and that helps corporations looking to do business with minority-owned small businesses in the community.