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This past weekend was full of important events in the Qcity. Unfortunately, we couldn't attend them all. The photos below represent some of the events we did attend.

If your church, group or organization is hosting a weekend event and would like for us to be there, email editor@qcitymetro.com. Be sure to include the phrase "weekend coverage" in the subject line. While we can't guarantee coverage, we'll certainly do our best.

Two of Charlotte's oldest African American institutions -- Johnson C. Smith University and First Baptist Church-West -- came together Sunday for a special holiday celebration. JCSU's Concert Choir held its annual Christmas Vespers Service at the west Charlotte church. Both institutions were founded in 1867, two years after the Civil War ended, and are celebrating 145 years of service. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com)


Colin Pinkney, a United Way of Central Carolinas volunteer and Communities In Schools mentor, was recognized before Sunday's Carolina Panthers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game for his volunteer efforts at Olympic High School, where he sponsors the Young Male Book Club. Pinkney, pictured here fourth from left, has worked with more than 100 young men in the five years since he launched the book club, resulting in a 100 percent graduation rate among the students. The club now has a wait list. "We read the book but it also gives us a platform to talk about other things, real-life things they're dealing with, things they need to address," he said. "I think part of the value is being with a person or male in the community who encourages them to do it." Pinkney said his biggest surprise has been how eager the young men are to participate. Last year, Pinkney received the Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com).


RPO Inc., a nonprofit community-service organization, held its Pink & Teal Brunch Saturday at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge. The event recognized local humanitarians and champions of breast and gynecological cancers. In the photo above are Humanitarian Award recipient Nora Jones, left, and Champion Award recipient Dr. John T Soper. In the photo below, Humanitarian Award recipient Patsy Hinson speaks from the podium. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com)


On Saturday, the Urban League of Central Carolinas held the official opening of its new bank, which is a division of Carolina Premier Bank in Ballantyne. Urban League CEO Patrick Graham, left, said the Bank of the Urban League of the Central Carolina would make a special effort to reach those who are "unbanked and under-banked." In the photo above, Graham is presenting a symbolic check representing a $100,000 Urban League deposit into the bank. He is joined by Kesha Moss, branch administrator, and Carolina Premier Bank CEO John Kreighbaum. (Photo: Qcitymetro.com)


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