Black History Month: Spotlight on our Team’s Changemakers


For Black History Month, we are celebrating through stories from our National Pawn family.  We are highlighting  African American associates that have been “changemakers” in their career, community or in their families. They will also share “changemakers” who have personally inspired them.

“My name is Jeffrey Willis Jr. I am 26 years of age and I’m from a small town called Fayette, Mississippi. I am honored to be highlighted as an African American change maker. As an African American, I have so many reasons to be proud. 

A few big reasons are: The fact that my bloodline is filled with perseverance. The dedication that my ancestors had for change, and that we, as a people, have a courageous motivation beyond this world. Understanding and knowing where I come from has given me the utmost confidence to be who I truly am, and to take charge and lead in high positions. I’ve led high-ranking teams with FEMA and the Peace-corps, giving back to those in need, of all races. That was one of my proudest accomplishments.  That accomplishment gave me the power to let all my fellow African Americans know that the possibility of success is endless, and we as a race are free as a bird is this world.

Though obstacles arise, as a people, we can overcome them. We are obligated to change. That’s the true definition of success. I take that theory and I apply it to everything in my life.

To all races I say, “You should be proud of who we are and where we come from.”

Barack Obama inspires me by saying “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  There is no waiting for change. The time is now. -One Love, United we Better

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National Pawn’s Instrument Donation Gets Shuttered Children’s Art Program Back on its Feet


When the team at National Pawn in Fayetteville saw local news reporter Gilbert Baez’s story about a local arts program falling victim to theft, they knew it was a cause close to their CEO’s heart. Since 2010, Bob Moulton and his team at National Pawn have donated thousands of instruments and tens of thousands of cash to public performing arts programs in North Carolina counties where their stores are located. 

Moulton, who founded the company in 1987, has always sought to give back to the communities his stores serve and is specifically inspired to support music education through his own experiences growing up. Once he learned of what had happened to Art Exp’osion, a program that connects underserved children to music and the arts, he knew he had to help. “This is a guy that’s really doing some good things for the community, and we need to reach out and help him,” he shared, referring to the program’s Executive Director Velton Brown. 

Brown says that about 8,000 area children have taken part in his program over the years. “Since I started the program in 2003, I have 19 kids that are now music teachers or band directors somewhere,” he beamed. But it all came to a halt when thieves broke into the building and stole instruments and other property. 

Now, thanks to this donation of keyboards, guitars, saxophones, and a truckload of other instruments, computers, and supplies, Brown will be able to get his program back up and running soon. A GoFundMe has been set up for the public to contribute. 

“Our hope with instrument donations is that they inspire others to get involved and really broaden the community impact,” said Moulton.  See the full story via WRAL.

About National Pawn: National Pawn is a Triangle-based pawn retailer with 23 locations across North Carolina. For over 30 years, National Pawn has been recognized as an industry leader, recently surpassing over 50,000 Google reviews thanks to world-class customer service, bright modern stores, quality products, and a professional sales team. National Pawn offers services including buying, selling, and pawn loans. For more information, call (888) 315-4347, email info@nationalpawnshops.com or visit www.nationalpawnshops.com

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