(Charlotte Observer) — Ferguson, 68, is heading a new coalition of businesspeople to do what he’s done for the past four decades: spearhead a cause. This time around, his focus is the Democratic National Convention – and economic inclusion for minorities when millions of dollars come to Charlotte. “This is another aspect of what we’ve been fighting for all along,” Ferguson said in an interview. “The economic frontier of the civil rights movement may be the final frontier.” To that end, his fledgling Carolina Regional Minority Partnership Coalition has begun to mobilize to get convention organizers to hire local minority-owned businesses for services, supplies and support. While members concede that a lot of their success will come down to good timing, having Ferguson’s name attached to their efforts certainly doesn’t hurt.