Former Charlotte councilman Malachi Greene dead at 73

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Malachi Greene, a well-known voice in Charlotte’s African-American community, has died.

The former city councilman passed away Thursday after a long battle with cancer.

Greene served on City Council from 1995 through 1999 and was a strong and consistent political player in Charlotte for decades.

Governor Pat McCrory issued a statement Friday calling Greene a “friend” and said the city has lost an “incredible public servant.”

Greene was 73.

Statements:

“Charlotte has lost a very special person. Mr. Greene reached out to me from the time I became city manager and remained a faithful advisor, helping me understand the city and work through important issues. I will miss his counsel and friendship.” – City Manager Ron Carlee

“Malachi served our city well as a fierce advocate for our schools and for equal opportunity. His strong voice at the table will be missed.” - Mayor Jennifer Roberts

“There are those people you encounter in life who make an impression. Malachi was one for me. Whip smart, cloaked in a cheerful and mischievous demeanor. I am grateful to have seen and hugged him not that long ago. - City Attorney Bob Hagemann

“Malachi was smart, articulate, tough-minded politician but not an ideologue. He truly cared about Charlotte and especially the people of Charlotte. An abundance of commonsense and a winsome, fun-loving personality made Malachi interesting to be around and truly one of Charlotte’s finest leaders. During our time on the City Council, he and I worked closely together on many problems and opportunities affecting Charlotte. He was a good friend. I will miss him.” - Former City Councilman Don Reid

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