Reddgo Long Jr. ’16

April 12, 2022

Seahawk, speaker, consultant, educator, assistant pastor, CEO, kingdom entrepreneur, facilitator, program coordinator; these are just a few of the titles that describe Reddgo Long Jr. ’16, a UNCW alumnus and staff member in UNCW’s Office of Community Engagement and Applied Learning. This year, he added one more title to this list when he became the youngest branch president of the New Hanover County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“I am a results-oriented leader,” explained Long. “I become attracted to leadership positions when I see that something needs to be done and don't see it happening unless someone steps in to make it happen.”

Long holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, sports leadership and tourism management from UNCW; a master’s in higher education (educational leadership) from Liberty University; and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. When he had the opportunity to return to UNCW as a project coordinator for the OCEAL Equity Institute in 2021, he called it a “no-brainer.”

“Loving my alma mater and giving back professionally is an extraordinary privilege. The opportunity to serve UNCW is something that is especially important to me and has been a beneficial experience, especially watching the university evolve over the years.”

On campus, Long supports students by connecting them with service-learning opportunities and community organizations.

“Engaging with the community excites me in general, so being able to promote a campus culture that inspires community engagement at UNCW is very fulfilling. Being able to serve alongside my director, Dr. Jeanine Mingé, to support various community programs and offer university resources to contribute to creating positive social change has been rewarding.”

After Hurricane Florence in 2018, Long founded The A.C.T.S Movement (A Commitment To Serve) to work with people from disadvantaged economic, social and family circumstances that were further challenged by the aftermath of the storm.  

“I knew that there was a need in this community regarding food insecurity and a lack of resources in certain areas of this city. By starting this nonprofit, it has allowed us to become a partner agency with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and many other partners to reduce food insecurity in our region.”

Through The A.C.T.S Movement, Long is working to secure the tools, infrastructure and financing needed to integrate non-medical services into the delivery of care so the community can have improved health outcomes.  

He is also fulfilling a life-long dream to follow in his father’s footsteps. When he was eight years old, his family moved from Silver Spring, MD, to Evergreen, NC, about an hour from Wilmington, so his dad, a pastor, could plant a new church.

“It's just who I am and what I was born to do. I have been privileged to travel as an itinerant evangelist and minister to many people around the country. I have been an assistant pastor for over 10 years at my church, Greater Morning Star Apostolic Church here in Wilmington.”

By weaving together his various roles and efforts, Long’s overall desire is to achieve results that positively impact the future of the community. His latest work presiding over the local chapter of the NAACP is giving him one more opportunity to be a change agent for the Wilmington area.  

“This year my goal is to not focus on trying to fix all the community's problems alone, but rather to work together with community leaders through collaboration. I want to mobilize and guide others, facilitate problem-solving and decision-making processes, and innovate to benefit the community itself to create tangible change.”

-- Krissy Vick