Next week: Dale Mullennix, executive director of Urban Ministries.
Robert Dawkins sent in this quote from Elie Wiesel to mark Tuesday’s 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz: “The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
Carlenia Ivory thanked Terry Bradley of the city’s Community Relations department for leading the wreath-laying ceremony, parade, and coordinating with other groups on the arts program, Growing the Dream and Prayer Breakfast for the MLK weekend.
Tommie Robinson rose to say he needed people to buy his artwork so he can take a trip to South Africa this summer. His studio is at 720 Tuckaseegee Rd. E-mail him.
Nelson Adesegha announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center is open and needs family doctors willing to work at the health center.
Laura McClettie announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center is helping people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Persons without insurance who do not obtain coverage will be fined $390 this year, she said.
Ken Koontz announced that Tommie Robison may be humorous with his announcements, but Robinson “is an accomplished artist;” it is Robinson’s murals that loom over the escalators at Time-Warner Arena.
Levester Flowers announced, “The lady said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’” Catherine Kennedy sent in the announcement of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party’s Fannie Lou Hamer Awards and Fundraiser event on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 6 p.m. at the Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St. $50 in advance; $75 at the door. Flier here.
C. Renee Jarrett thanked Carlenia Ivory for facilitating the Growing the Dream luncheon on Jan. 17. Jarrett said 215 people attended the Jan. 25 showing of “Selma” sponsored by the Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. at AMC Concord Mills. “We want to do more of those things so the community can connect and talk and discuss and grow together, so stay tuned.”
Mary Klenz announced that the League of Women Voters will conduct its Civics 101 program beginning in early February. History here; registration here. Fee of $50 can be waived in some circumstances, she said.
Ty Turner announced that Young Inspiration NC, Inc. would offer free afterschool services Monday to Friday from 4:15-6:15 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon at the Military & Global Leadership Academy at Marie G. Davis, 3351 Griffith St. Services include pickup of children from other schools. Registration stands at 150 and 50 more may be registered, he said. Flier is here.
Robert Hillman announced that the state had voted to revoke the charter of Entrepreneur High School. He asked people to sign a petition at the school’s website to reverse that decision. If reversed, he said the school would be assigned to Lighthouse Academies, a not-for-profit charter management company operating “an arts-infused, K-12 college prep program” at 18 schools in 7 states, and Raza Development Fund, a Phoenix-based finance company with partnerships in health care, affordable housing and at least one charter school.
Ann Clark sent in an invitation to attend her State of the Schools presentation on Thursday, Jan. 29 with reception at 8 a.m. and program from 8:30-10 at East Mecklenburg High, 6800 Monroe Rd. RSVP by e-mail or Todd Kimbrell at 980-344-0403.
The Black Political Caucus sent in an announcement that the city’s Immigrant Integration Task Force meets for a final time Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at Belmont Center, 700 Parkwood Ave. before presenting its recommendations to City Council Feb. 23. Task Force materials are here. An undated draft of the task force’s recommendations is here.
Sylvia Grier sent in a flier for the 5th Annual Food Lion CIAA Teen Summit on Feb. 26, for teens 15-18.
Joel Ford forwarded a message and news release about Duke Energy’s Helping Home Fund which will provide $10,000 grants to families making up to 200% of the poverty line to install energy efficiency upgrades in homes. More info here.
Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her Jan. 20 and Jan. 26 Board Bulletins.
Charles Thomas sent in an announcement that applications are due Feb. 13 for Impact>3, a program to nurture high-growth startups with a social mission.
Robert Dawkins sent in what he described as a summary he wrote of Rep. Rodney Moore’s proposed racial profiling bill, along with a link to current law outlining the N.C. Department of Public Safety’s powers to collect criminal information.
Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement from Dianna Davis on the March 21 Ashanti Pageant, for which Davis is looking for entrants.
Betty Howell Gray sent in another flier about the Feb. 12-13 Leadership Conference for African-American Males, with more changes in location and speakers. The conference includes a free community town hall on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 5-8 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Theme: “Racial Equity in Public Education: How it Impacts African American Males.” Panelists are to include Mayor Dan Clodfelter, CMS Deputy Supt. Ann Clark, MeckEd Executive Director Bill Anderson, the Rev. Loris N. Adams, District Court Judge Kimberly Best-Staten and Police Deputy Chief Kerr Putney.
Robert Dawkins sent in a link to his Agitator Radio interview with Bree Newsome, discussing Millennial Organizing.View the
Charles Everage offers one lawyer’s advice on how citizens should conduct themselves with police.
H. Allen Smith, who left CMS last spring and became chief of schools in Oakland, Calif., keynoted Charlote’s Growing the Dream Awards presentation.
Trevor Fuller describes the task ahead for a task force asked to find ways to make families in poverty more upwardly mobile.
Fannie Flono, who both attended and presented at the Forum, retires. Excerpts from comments at a retirement party.
Residents review renovation plans for West Charlotte Recreation Center.
Darrell Gregory on programs that can improve young people’s lives.
Malcolm Graham describes the Indaba or “meeting of the elders” on Sept. 12-13 at J.C. Smith, focusing on parental engagement in the West Trade/Beatties Ford corridor.
Gyasi Foluke with a theory on how to implement community change in the African-American community
Parents and education: An Open Forum discussion of who’s responsible when Johnny can’t read, or doesn’t behave.
Megan Boler and Zachary Denard introduce the League of Conservation Voters.
Making Change Happen in the African-American community. An Open Forum discussion.
Council member Vi Alexander Lyles addresses gentrification issue in Charlotte.
University Park residents oppose city rezoning for motel
“Lived Black History”: Forum participants share stories of the pain, indignities—and coping—of life under segregation.
Joyce Waddell portrayed Harriet Tubman in Underground Railroad skit at Wallace Pruitt Rec Center.
President Obama offers comments on Trayvon Martin verdict.
The Kinsey Collection, art and artifacts of the African-American experience, opens June 29 at the Gantt Center.
Zwelabo Mandela narrates video about a JCSU survey on issues in the Northwest Corridor.
Kaa Ma’at outlined her effort to acquire a low-power FM station license to serve west Charlotte.
Juneteenth founder Pape Ndiaye laid out financial support needed for Independence Park event.
“Highlighting African-American Achievers” is Feb. 19-21.
Betty Howell Gray on Feb. 12-13 conference on “Educating Our Black Youth: A Community Responsibility”
Belk Foundation’s Johanna Anderson outlines 8-year project to have 80% of third-graders reading proficiently in 8 years.
Melanie Brown asked for volunteers to help West Charlotte High School place volunteer proctors for end-of-course testing in January.
Four Board of Education members take questions on events surrounding the resignation of CMS Supt. Heath Morrison.
LaTarzja Henry says CMS leaders will continue to make themselves available to answer questions in the community.
Supt. Heath Morrison speaks on the eve of a citizen vote on a sales tax hike that could boost teacher pay.
John Crawford makes a pitch for the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.
Lisa Barnes and LaTarzja Henry discuss changes under way in CMS designed to reduce student misbehavior.
Denada Jackson predicts another jump in graduation rate at West Charlottte High.
Daisy Spears Stroud dies at 92. An appreciation and two obituaries.
Thomas Hanley describes the goals of Commonwealth High, a charter set to open in August.
Open Forum on testing at West Charlotte, on a Black Summit, on educating a captive audience.
Supt. Heath Morrison discusses CMS budget and impact on CMS of proposals before the legislature.
Sandra Conway and Elyse Dashew spearhead a letterwriting and petition drive to fully fund the CMS budget.
West Charlotte High School Global Perspective Studies proposed by first-year teachers Rachel Scott and Paige Laurain.
James Ford, a Garinger High world history teacher, is the 2014 N.C. Teacher of the Year.
Akeshia Craven-Howell and others from CMS discuss N.C. charter school law and relations between CMS and the charters.
“West Charlotte High School Story” of ’96 re-aired in tribute to Leroy “Pop” Miller, who died March 1.
Millard House and others offered an update on New Leaders, the nonprofit that trains lateral entry and school personnel for leadership jobs.
Lucy Bush Carter, executive director of Friendship Trays, made this presentation Tuesday about the launch Wednesday of a new culinary job training program.
The Young Entrepreneurs Network is helping young business owners learn the ropes.
Anna Hood and Fannie Flono discuss breaking down barriers in the workplace.
Henry Rock wants to train Charlotteeans to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Three speakers from different organizations focus on minority inclusion in the workplace.
Sandra Clory announced a Tai Chi class she is teaching at Myers Park Baptist Church.
Desmond Wiggan described investment services available from Primerica.
Nelson Adesegha on fallout from Chapter 11 filing at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Johnson C. Smith University to present one of its Arch of Triumph Awards to the Forum at its annual gala in April 2015.
Terry Ellington and Lesha Dodson on HIV/AIDS in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and the work of Carolinas Care Partnership.
Nelson Adesegha and Laurissa Adams-Hunt, board members for ailing C.W. Williams Community Health Center, offered an update on the center’s “reorganization.”
Radio personality Travis “Church Boy” Gilliam headlines session on the perils of unacknowledged depression.
Velma Love describes the Lee Thompson Young Foundation’s aims to improve public awareness of mental health issues.
Mary Johnson’s partisan endorsements while facilitating a Forum meeting brought a statement from Forum co-founder Sarah Stevenson.
Leon Burton, who became CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center April 1, joins Mark Batson and Laura McClettie in outlining efforts to sign people up for the Affordable Care Act.
Sylvia Grier is among interviews in WTVI feature about grandparents, even great-grandparents raising youngsters.
Sandra Clory on trip to Egypt and the Falasha or Ethopian Jews that her father called his people.
T.D. Elder and Lillian Herron recall their years of nursing in Mecklenburg amid racism.
Dr. Vernon Herron opens the Forum with a remembrance of his longtime friend T.B. Haynes and civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain.
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee discusses his role, the high-profile issues on the city’s agenda, and how he came to see city government as a tool for justice.
Elected leaders at local and state levels offered comments about the issues of 2015.
Noise abatement area around Charlotte’s airport is reportedly about to be reduced in size.
The median in a portion of Beatties Ford Road has undergone numerous redesigns to accommodate adjoining property owners. An exploration of the history.
George Dunlap argued that County Commissioners had a policy that anyone could be elected commissioners chairman, not just the top vote-getter.
Rodney Moore offers an update on an anti-racial profiling civil liberties bill he is committed to in the N.C. General Assembly.
Craig Winegardner and Sharon Hudson make case against I-77 toll lanes.
Rep. Rodney Moore offers a thank-you for support during the recently ended legislative session.
Marc Friedland outlines work in front of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party that he now chairs.
Sen. Malcolm Graham and Sen. Joel Ford collaborate on an update of legislative action.
Warren Cooksey discusses HOT lanes on I-77 as part of a DOT 101 presentation.
Joel Ford raises concerns about MBE participation rate at the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Joel Ford along with Rodney Moore and Malcolm Graham offered a Raleigh Report.
Trevor Fuller on November referendum to increase sales tax, chiefly to pay for a teacher salary boost.
Trevor Fuller on county budget and fall referendum on sales tax hike to boost teacher pay.
Judge Theo Nixon comments on changes in N.C. law related to fracking and resale of guns used in crimes.
Randy Harrington leads a presentation on the Charlotte operating budget and community investment plan.
County Manager Dena Diorio on the current budget process.
Dan Clodfelter asks for support the day before he begins an appointive term as Charlotte mayor.
Hagan Senate campaign political director Douglas Wilson assesses the campaign.
Alicia Brooks thanked supporters for help during her election to be a District Court judge.
Resident Superior Court Judge Linwood Foust comments on changing demographics on the local bench.
Here are the winners of 2014 elections in Mecklenburg and North Carolina.
John Arrowood is one of 19 candidates for a single N.C. Court of Appeals seat.
Mark Davis, running for re-election to N.C. Court of Appeals, encourages listeners to vote their interests.
Irwin Carmichael and Chris Hailey spar over their proposals for the Sheriff’s Department.
Alma Adams is the Greensboro Democrat who won the Democratic nomination for the 12th District and faces Republican Vince Coakley on Nov. 4.
Martha Efird and Elisa Chinn Gary, candidates for Mecklenburg Clerk of Superior Court
Richard Rivette is challenging incumbent Joel Ford in N.C. Senate District 38. Ford appeared Sept. 23.
At-large county commissioner candidates Ella Scarborough, Emily Zuyus, Scott Carlisle, Trevor Fuller and Pat Cotham.
Jim Puckett and Leonard Richardson vie for Commissioners District 1 seat.
Marinn Bengel and others argue for city bond and sales tax questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Newcomer LaTrice McRae is running for the N.C. legislature in Senate District 41.
Joel Ford is seeking re-election to the N.C. Senate representing westside District 38. His opponent, Richard Rivette, will present at a later date.
LaTarzja Henry offers an “informercial” for the ballot question on a sales tax increase.
Judicial candidates on the November ballot.
Vi Lyles comments on issues at stake in Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate re-election effort.
Lucy Inman, for 4 years a Superior Court judge, is running for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Primary Election results in Mecklenburg.
Primary candidates Vince Coakley, Curtis Osborne, Antoine Ensley, Dondhi Burrell. Special election candidates Amelia Stinson-Wesley, Darrell Bonapart.