Recently at the Forum


Announcements

From 3-28-2017 Meeting

Larken Egleston announced an open house at Eastway Middle School on Thursday, March 30 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at 1501 Norland Rd.

Yolanda Holmes announced a need for volunteers for the Charlotte Career Discovery Day on Thursday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road off East Independence Boulevard. To volunteer, see Holmes or attend a 30-minute volunteer orientation session on Monday, April 3, with sessions beginning at 9, 9:30 etc. through 11 a.m. and from 3, 3:30 etc. through 5 p.m. All will be held at Smith Family Center, 1600 Tyvola Rd.

Victor Mack announced the annual Julia Robinson Mathematics and Computing Festival on Saturday, April 1 at UNCC, aimed at middle school girls interested in STEM-related activities. Flier here. Online here. Mack said onsite registration Saturday would be accepted.

Jarrod Jones announced that West Charlotte High School will host its first musical production since the 1990s on Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Tickets $5 at the door; donate here. Flier here.

Jarrod Jones announced a “Hear Me See Me” workshop to counsel parents and leaders on how to “craft their messages they wish to deliver to elected officials, employers, and large crowds of people in general.” Two sessions will be held, Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. and Monday, April 3, both at the Project LIFT office, 2324 Lasalle St. Flier here.

Advance Carolina distributed a petition on seven issues, including affordable housing and living wages.

Gary Young sent in an announcement that he will run for Charlotte City Council in District 5.

Queen Thompson sent in a list of upcoming events, including “Voices from the Past,” 50 area citizens portraying people from Charlotte’s history. Events will be held Saturday, April 1, from 1-5 p.m. at Settlers, Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries in center city. Info herehere and here.

Alma Adams sent in an invitation to the second annual Women’s Symposium and Networking Fair on Friday, March 31 from 1:15-4 p.m. at LIttle Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St. Details here. Register here.

Chris Jackson sent in a comment about Monday’s Opportunity Task Force Report.

Dena Diorio sent in her March 27 Board Bulletin.

Greg Schembeck sent in an announcement of a free breakfast forum to help Charlotte Next develop an online tool to match middle schoolers with out-of-school programs. Breakfast is Saturday, April 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the YWCA, 3420 Park Rd. More on program here. Register here.

Joyce Waddell sent in her March 27 Waddell Weekly Bulletin.

Dedrick Russell sent in an invitation to a brunch buffet fundraiser benefitting the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists scholarship fund and honoring Steve Crump’s 30 years of reporting in Charlotte. Tickets $30 here. Flier here.

Stephanie Counts sent the March 23 newsletter of the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange.

Peggie Reid sent in an announcement of the 40th Founders’ Day event of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Charlotte chapter on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at Crown Plaza Charlotte, 5700 Westpark Dr. Tickets $40. Flier here.

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Announcements Archive

Community Matters

3-14-2017

Kerry Miller, left and three other women talked about their work with Charlotte area community-focused organizations.

2-28-2017

Dr. Yolanda Holmes and her children Brooke and Darrell present a reflection on black history.

2-14-2017

CIAA Commissioner Jacquie McWilliams made a presentation about the upcoming CIAA tournament in Charlotte.

1-17-2017

Nakisa Glover presented a program on how to engage young adults in longstanding community issues. Four CMPD community police officers joined the Q&A.

1-10-2017

Tiffany Capers from the Charlotte Post Foundation presented material shared at Black LIves Matter Charlotte presentations.

1-3-2017

Willie Ratchford led groups through a discussion of race, police relations, and how the community needs to change.

12-30-2016

Two Forum regulars spotlighted in Observer’s annual “Thank You” feature.

12-13-2016

Natheley McElrath was MC as the Forum cast aside its serious ways for a morning of song and holiday celebration.

12-13-2016

Laura McClettie announced that 2016 Forum funds would go to five Belmont neighborhood families in need.

11-29-2016

Maria Macon and other members of the Community Relations Committee’s Council of Elder continue an Oct. 18 discussion of their work.

8-16-2016

Tom Hanchett presented stories about the many African-American leaders of the civil rights and educational improvement movements who lived in McCrorey Heights.

8-9-2016

Forum participants engaged in a discussion of issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

7-12-2016

Wali Molina, left, and others addressed an upcoming wellness expo, and how parents can find help with college expenses. Then there was discussion of last week’s painful events nationwide.

6-15-2016

Three development teams presented their plans for the Brooklyn Village redevelopment. BK Partners was selected Wednesday.

6-7-2016

Lots of speakers took advantage of Open Forum to raise issues for community discussion.

4-19-2016

Two pastors discussed nontraditional ways in which they are working with their flock to improve Charlotte.

4-12-2016

Tamika Lewis and Robert Dawkins describe efforts to engage youth in undertaking neighborhood improvements of their choosing.

4-11-2016

An update on the renovation under way at West Charlotte Recreation Cetner

3-23-2016

Justin Harlow’s March update for the Five Points Community Collaborative.

3-1-2016

Malachi Greene was remembered today at his beloved Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum by people touched by a dedicated soul.

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Community Affairs

Education

2-28-2017

Dawn Hill, Dr. Yolanda Holmes and David Jessup teamed up to showcase the April 20 Charlotte Career Discovery Day.

2-14-2017

CMS gathers in pupil assignment surveys, explains assignment review.

2-7-2017

Darrell Allison makes case for broadening school choice to include parents of all incomes.

1-24-2017

Ron Carter celebrated JCSU’s successes during his presidency, and worried over the country’s future

1-10-2017

Dr. Clayton Wilcox, incoming CMS Superintendent, introduces himself.

1-3-2017

Nancy Carter offered a way to boost mentoring in the schools by young people.

12-6-2016

Sydney Culver, left, of Commonwealth High, and Ismael Villafane of Stewart Creek High School described their ventures.

9-27-2016

Trevor Fuller suggested the first step on addressing issues behind last week’s Charlotte unrest should be universal access to pre-kindergarten.

9-13-2016

CMS Board of Education member Thelma Byers-Bailey issued a call to action to protest the possible sale of the former Double Oaks School.

9-7-2016

Ericka Ellis-Stewart offers CMS data on the thousand or so children in PK-2nd grades subjected to out-of-school suspensions.

9-6-2016

Supt. Ann Clark reviewed recently released achievements, invited community participation in increasing reading/mentoring goals.

8-23-2016

Charles Thomas of the Knight Foundation and Sharon Harrington of Reading Partners discuss upcoming work.

8-16-2016

Erin Nicole Barksdale introduced herself as the principal who will open Renaissance West K-8 in August 2017.

8-9-2016

Ceretha Sherrill said she is encouraging CMS to add education about the law to the curriculum.

7-19-2016

Google and Read Charlotte officials discuss goals for their programs, and how they are working together.

5-24-2016

Dream Builders CEO Kenston Griffin uses this exercise to help adults understand how children learn.

5-24-2016

Dream Builders Communications and Profound Gentlemen offered ideas on what works to improve schools.

4-26-2016

Carlenia Ivory describes a project working with 21 high school students and their families.

4-19-2016

CMS Board Chair Mary McCray offered an update on assignment and the superintendent search.

4-5-2016

Brenda Robinson gave this update on the area visits by the Traveling Space Museum and NASA Space Camp.

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Education

Housing & Workplace

3-28-2017

Sherrell Dorsey closed out Women’s History Month, sharing her story of combining her many different interests and skills to blaze a trail for African-Americans in technology.

3-7-2017

Rachelle Latimer describes highway contracting work as a difficult business that can be daunting for newcomers.

11-15-2016

Patrick Graham, new CEO of Charlotte Works, and his team outlined work of the local workforce development board.

8-30-2016

Leaders from Goodwill and Urban Ministry Center explain their work to help people move toward job success, better health, secure housing.

6-21-2016

Fulton Meachem and Ken Szymanski, representing two powerful housing interests, discuss affordable housing opportunities in Charlotte.

4-5-2016

Jason (Jet) Jones brought his teacher (Maria Macon), his singing, his videos and his enthusiasm for an entrepreneurial approach to the world.

3-22-2016

Bonita Caldwell, president of Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens, shared approaches to business leadership.

2-2-2016

Juanita Miller, left, Carolyn Logan and Ken Koontz discussed making their way in organizations once closed to African-Americans.

1-5-2016

Urban League CEO Dr. Patrick Graham on how League works inside for progress.

7-28-2015

Entrepreneurial business owners and executives share some of their experiences.

6-23-2015

Laura Clark and Christian Friend outline rebuilding efforts at old Boulevard Homes public housing site.

6-9-2015

Officials from Charlotte Works called on CMS, CPCC and employers to make time for youth to learn work skills.

5-12-2015

Google Fiber staffers on the status of the rollout of gigabyte-speed Internet access in Charlotte.

4-14-2015

Dale Mullennix on Housing First, a trailblazing effort to end chronic homelessness.

2-24-2015

Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber, painted a picture of a diverse, growing city and a chamber trying to change with it.

11-11-2014

Lucy Bush Carter, executive director of Friendship Trays, made this presentation Tuesday about the launch Wednesday of a new culinary job training program.

Young Entrepreneurs Network
9-2-2014

The Young Entrepreneurs Network is helping young business owners learn the ropes.

Breaking Barriers
2-11-2014

Anna Hood and Fannie Flono discuss breaking down barriers in the workplace.

9-22-2013

Henry Rock wants to train Charlotteeans to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

9-17-2013

Three speakers from different organizations focus on minority inclusion in the workplace.

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.

11-1-2016

Nakisa Glover reports on conference on revitalizing environmentally vulnerable communities.

10-11-2016

Longtime broadcaster Bea Thompson describes the work of Inner Vision, a mental health nonprofit.

6-28-2016

Latasha McIlwaine, left, and two other health service providers addressed the Forum.

5-17-2016

Elana Congress discussed health programs at Care Ring; Eric Montgomery discussed estate planning.

4-27-2016

Debra Weeks led an update on rebuilding the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

4-14-2016

Charlotte Post covers latest developments in revival of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

3-29-2016

Participants pulled off a total surprise for the guy usually behind the camera as they celebrated Steve Johnston’s 69th birthday.

3-8-2016

Lucy Bush Carter describes the work and needs of Charlotte’s meals-on-wheels program.

12-1-2015

Dr. Deborah Walker summarized her four-day presentation on diversity, multiculturalism, equity and inclusion.

11-17-2015

Care Ring navigator Elana Congress summarizes upcoming deadlines under Affordable Care Act.

10-19-2015

News outlets report on C.W. Williams Health Center audit going to commissioners.

9-17-2015

Local papers write about situation at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

6-30-2015

Three nonprofits collaborate to provide medical care and medications to those without other options.

5-26-2015

Training is available from Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to help spot mental health issues among family, friends and colleagues.

4-21-2015

Staff from Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency described their efforts to assist sickle cell patients, and educate the public on disease.

4-2-2015

Charlotte artist Tommie Robinson’s 2015 exhibition at Latibah Collard Green Museum featured the Environmental Series canvases that were part of his recent work as UNCC artist-in-residence.

3-31-2015

Debra Weeks, new CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

1-20-2015

Sandra Clory announced a Tai Chi class she is teaching at Myers Park Baptist Church.

1-6-2015

Desmond Wiggan described investment services available from Primerica.

12-9-2014

Nelson Adesegha on fallout from Chapter 11 filing at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics

3-21-2017

County Manager Dena Dioro gave an update on issues facing the county.

2-21-2017

Elisa Chinn-Gary described her life and how it has shaped her tenure since 2014 as Clerk of Mecklenburg Superior Court.

1-31-2017

Willie Ratchford discussed a recent officer-involved shooting. Other public officials explored wide gaps between budget priorities of local governments and the priorities of residents in the room.

12-6-2016

Four elected officials representing Charlotte voters at city, county and legislative levels offered updates.

10-18-2016

The Community Relations Committee’s Crisis Response Sub-Committee reported on work to rework the rules for community crisis response and to become “a comprehensive alternative sentencing body for Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officers.”

8-9-2016

Delores Johnson Hurt explained the work of the League of Women Voters.

8-2-2016

Police Chief Kerr Putney and Officer J.D. Williams explained efforts to educate all about how to handle police stops.

7-26-2016

Presenters explained a Charlotte survey on the city’s tree canopy, and the reach and limitations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

5-10-2016

County Manager Dena Diorio brought key staffers to the Forum to let them explain the county’s work.

5-3-2016

Greg Phipps, city staff and other City Council members helped present a briefing on Charlotte’s proposed budget.

4-26-2016

LaWana Mayfield gave an impromptu update on a community meeting on the city budget, and developments on West Boulevard corridor.

4-19-2016

Joel Ford offered an update on issues likely to come up in the legislative short session beginning Monday.

3-29-2016

An Open Forum began with a discussion of H.B. 2, the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.”

2-16-2016

Five trailblazers on the early years of African-American participation in local government, and the work yet to be done.

2-9-2016

Delegation of mayors from Albania explain their U.S. visit.

1-26-2016

Four African-American women who went first reflect on where they’ve been, and where things stand today.

1-19-2016

Kevin Tully explained the role public defenders play in making the criminal justice system work for all.

12-8-2015

Alysia Osborne outlined work undertaken by Historic West End Initiative; legislative leaders reported on the concluded session, and on efforts to inspire voter turnout.

11-17-2015

Open Forum included comments by Commissioners Chair Trevor Fuller about the difficult community issues that lie ahead.

11-10-2015

Mecklenburg legislators give an update on the recently completed General Assembly session in Raleigh.

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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots

1-3-2017

A number of people have offered themselves for appointment to the City Council District 5 seat vacated by N.C. Rep. John Autry.

11-8-2016

Elections results in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and the U.S.

11-1-2016

Judge Rickye McCoy-Mitchell, left and Judge Michael Morgan were joined by Rep. Rodney Moore.

10-25-2016

Wake District Court Judge Vince Rozier, a candidate for N.C. Court of Appeals, and four other candidates for judgeships.

10-18-2016

Candidate for N.C. Lieutenant Governor, Linda Coleman, was among the state, federal and judicial candidates presenting at the Forum.

10-11-2016

Vonnie Brown, Eric Erickson and Lisa Rudisill are candidates for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor.

10-11-2016

Chuck Stuber, a former FBI special agent, explained his candidacy for N.C. Auditor.

10-4-2016

County commissioner candidates Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller and Marc Friedland addressed the Forum.

9-27-2016

Legislative candidates Jane Campbell, Jonathan Hudson, Joel Ford and Chaz Beasley addressed the Forum.

9-20-2016

Beverly Earle, Becky Carney, Joyce Waddell and Carla Cunningham addressed the Forum.

9-13-2016

Connie Green-Johnson (House 105) and Peter Noris (House 104) lead off candidate forums.

5-31-2016

Five candidates for Congress on the June 7 primary ballot in Mecklenburg addressed the Forum.

3-15-2016

Election results in Mecklenburg from March 15 primary.

1-26-2016

Links to short presentations by candidates on the March 15 primary ballot.

11-17-2015

Candidates for public office announce their intentions for 2016.

11-3-2015

Election 2015 results.

10-27-2015

Jennifer Roberts, Edwin Peacock answer questions at the Forum a week before the Charlotte mayoral election.

10-13-2015

District candidates for Charlotte City Council.

10-6-2015

Candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council.

9-29-2015

Dan Clodfelter, facing an Oct. 6 primary, spoke about mayor’s role and his plans for a full term. He was joined by GOP Council candidate John Powell.

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Candidates & Ballots