3 Charlotteans made history

Three prominent Charlotteans visited First Ward Elementary on Friday as part of a national day of service in the African-American community.

Former ballerina Ayisha McMillan Cravotta, bank executive and Obama administration education adviser Lenny Springs and journalist Mary C. Curtis shared their life stories and encouraged students to value education. Their visit was coordinated by The HistoryMakers, a nonprofit oral history project. Across the country, 400 leaders in the black community visited 200 schools.