Recently at the Forum

Announcements

From 12-12-2017 Meeting

Natheley McElrath announced that the Forum’s Christmas party will be Dec. 19. Breakfast will be $5 and donations to support caterer Friendship Trays’ meals-on-wheels program will be welcome. The first 52 people in the door will be given cards to play the Take a Gift game.

Carlenia Ivory announced that she would be collecting a purse for Sarah Stevenson at the Dec. 19 Christmas party.

Carol Sawyer announced that the African-American theater production company OnQ will stage “Soulful Noel” on Friday, Dec. 15 and Saturday, Dec. 16 at McGlohon Theatre. Info here. Tickets ($20) here.

Nakisa Glover announced that she is launching new chapters in Charlotte for Girls Who Code. Girls in 6th through 12th grade are the focus of the free program. Video here. More info by e-mail.

Blanche Penn announced that the Voice 4 the People’s forum has been rescheduled to Saturday, Jan. 6 at 10 a.m. at New Heaven Community Church, 8823 Albemarle Rd. Flier here.

Brenda Robinson announced that the next Aviation Camps of the Carolinas event is in June. Donations go to support students’ participation in the camp. More info here or on Facebook.

Tiffany Johnson sent in details of the First Friday Resource Fair on Friday, Jan. 5 and Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance Awards Gala on Thursday, Jan. 18. Vendor registration for First Friday here.

Dena Diorio sent in her Dec. 11 Board Bulletin.

Joyce Waddell sent in an update on N.C. Teaching Fellows, Laboratory Schools, and Community Colleges.

[CANCELLED]DonnaMarie Woodson announced a screening of “The Rosa Parks Story” on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church, 3435 Nevin Rd. Flier here.

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Community Matters

11-29-2017

Bring your unwrapped toys to the Forum and Natheley and Ben will deliver your donations to Toys for Tots.

11-28-2017

Robert Dawkins outlined police review board changes, and made a plea to help people resolve differences without violence.

11-21-2017

Forum participants suggest topics for future Forums.

10-24-2017

On this Tuesday close to the real date, the Forum wished co-founder Sarah Stevenson a happy birthday.

10-18-2017

About 130 affordable housing apartments officially opened Wednesday, named for Sarah Stevenson.

7-25-2017

Speakers at Open Forum discuss schooling, City Council and families caught in unsanitary housing.

6-20-2017

Toni Tupponce reviewed efforts by A Sign of the Times to preserve and share the history of the peoples of the African Diaspora.

6-6-2017

Rickey Hall outlines what it takes to promote neighborhood uplift, based on his experience along West Boulevard.

5-30-2017

Braxton Winston, left, on life after Lamont Scott protests; Ryan Emmanuel and Maura Chavez talked about their community relations work.

4-18-2017

YMCA CEO Todd Tibbits lays out plans for effort to give 900 youth a safe place to play, learn and grow three evenings a week this summer.

4-6-2017

County officials will re-dedicate a renovated West Charlotte Recreation Center on April 12.

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.

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Community Affairs

Education

12-12-2017

Dr. Yolanda Holmes and others make pitch for support of CMS #InvestInTheWest effort to assist struggling students.

9-26-2017

Supt. Clayton Wilcox fields questions on day that the Vote Yes for School Bonds committee made their pitch.

8-1-2017

LaToya Purvis, head of school at UpROAR Leadership Academy, describes plans for first year at new quasi-military charter school.

7-11-2017

Dr. Betty Howell Gray and others explain an August forum designed to encourage parent engagement.

6-6-2017

Four people presented material on upcoming summer camps for youth.

5-16-2017

Gerald Baucom presented on Campus Connections’ efforts to prepare teens and parents to choose a college path that will sustain teens’ dreams.

4-4-2017

CMS DIstrict 2 representative Thelma Byers-Bailey with an update on where CMS board is going.

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.

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Education

Housing & Workplace

11-14-2017

City program with area partners is retraining adults with barriers to employment.

5-23-2017

“Chatty Hattie” Leeper, trailblazing black woman in Charlotte radio, remembers days at WGIV radio.

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.

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.

9-19-2017

Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe presented a program on how single-payer, or Medicare for all, could work.

7-18-2017

Gibbie Harris outlines the path forward for the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

6-13-2017

Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme’s big break started with a pair of shoes. Now he’s giving back.

5-9-2017

Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler explains Exodus Foundation’s mentoring work with former inmates.

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.

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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics

12-5-2017

Spencer Merriweather introduced himself as Mecklenburg’s new District Attorney and made some news.

11-21-2017

Carlenia Ivory talks about what she has learned during her months of service representing District 2 on Charlotte City Council.

8-22-2017

Rep. Rodney Moore discussed need to form “common agenda” among local, state bodies to address community issues.

8-22-2017

Commissioner Pat Cotham comments on need for local governments to work together.

8-8-2017

Appointed Council member Carlenia Ivory answers questions about whether she is prepared to serve on city committees

6-20-2017

Toni Tupponce engages the public in long-range transportation planning. She shares advice on how to help influence those decisions.

6-6-2017

Philip Freeman, left, and Tommy Burch share information on the city’s Neighborhood Matching Grants Program.

5-2-2017

City Manager Marcus Jones presented an overview of his budget, which went to City Council May 1.

4-25-2017

Jay Privette presents the case against current construction of toll lanes on I-77, and system that may add such lanes elsewhere in Mecklenburg.

4-11-2017

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams asserted setback after setback as the GOP-dominated Congress goes to work.

4-4-2017

N.C. Sen. Joel Ford reported on legislative action on HB2, defended using compromise to achieve some progress

4-4-2017

Two grandparents make a pitch for a carbon tax to sustain Earth for future generations.

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.

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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots

11-14-2017

A millennial asks the perfect post-election question – and prompts two similar answers.

11-14-2017

Three candidates in the Nov. 7 election offered thank-yous and comments at the Nov. 14 Forum.

11-7-2017

Results from Charlotte city and CMS school board races.

10-31-2017

Vi Lyles presented her case for election as Charlotte Mayor and answered questions.

10-24-2017

Candidates for contested district seats on Charlotte City Council

10-17-2017

Four candidates for Charlotte City Council and one District 2 candidate.

10-10-2017

School board candidates in Districts 2, 4, 5 and 6 presented and answered questions.

10-3-2017

Eight candidates vying for two CMS board district seats answer questions at the Forum.

9-12-2017

Election results from first Charlotte Municipal primary.

9-5-2017

Newcomers, job-switchers and perennial candidates attended last candidate Forum before primary.

8-29-2017

Constance Johnson, Vi Lyles and Jennifer Roberts discussed issues in the Charlotte Mayor Democratic primary.

8-22-2017

Candidates for Charlotte City Council at-large seats.

8-15-2017

GOP primaries in Council District 6 and for Charlotte mayor.

8-8-2017

Candidates in the District 2 and District 4 City Council primaries spoke and answered questions.

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.

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Candidates & Ballots