Recently at the Forum


From 9-19-2017 Meeting

Larken Egleston announced meetings over three days Sept. 19-21 for residents to help guide planners of the Hidden Valley section of the Cross Charlotte Trail. Details here.

Brenda Robinson announced a link to her book, “Success is an Attitude”.

Dianna Davis announced a new media outlet Watch Charlotte that is looking for people interested in hosting their own shows. Info: See Davis.

Thomas Clark announced the 6th Annual free Literary Festival of Charlotte on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St. Flier here.

Jade Jackson announced that the national Poor People’s Campaign would hold a strategic training on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Jade Jackson announced a fundraiser for Darrell Bonapart’s City Council District 5 campaign on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Hawthorne’s Pizza, 6621 Monroe Rd.

Darrell Bonapart thanked supporters of his Sept. 12 primary campaign for City Council District 5. “I am looking forward to Oct. 10, and I ask you for your continued support.”

Blanche Penn announced a fish fry and flea market to support her School Board District 3 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 23. For location call 704-890-4101.

Jeffrey Young announced he has rescheduled a Veterans Helping Veterans fundraiser to stop homelessness. The new date is Nov. 12 at Veterans Park, 2136 Central Ave.

Matt Newton thanked supporters of his Sept. 12 primary campaign for City Council District 5, and urged District 5 residents to vote in the Oct. 10 primary.

Matt Newton announced an event marking the 50th anniversary of Thurgood Marshall being appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court. He said it would be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at Albemarle Road Recreation Center, 5027 Idlewild Rd. N. Online details for a similar Sept. 26 event are here.

Helen Kimbrough sent in the Sept. 21 newsletter from Reading Partners.

LuAnn Ritsema sent in an announcement of a free workshop on special education eligibility on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from noon-1:30 p.m. at 601 E. 5th St. Bring lunch if you wish.

Chris Jackson sent in a Goodwill blog item: “Smart Shopping from a Savvy College Student: Part One.”

LuAnn Ritsema sent in announcement of an Oct. 30 Race Matters for Juvenile Justice conference, “Hidden in Plan Sight: Exposing the Cost of Racism,” to be held Monday, Oct. 30 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Crown Plaza Executive Park Hotel, 5700 Westpark Dr. Details here.

Colette Forrest sent in an announcement that the Black Political Caucus will meet Sunday, Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. at C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1421 Statesville Ave., for school board candidate and bond endorsements.

Jade Jackson sent in an announcement that N.C. Climate Solutions Coalition will host Dr. Michael Mann speaking on climate change, at an event on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2-4 p.m. at Park Road Baptist Church, 3900 Park Rd. Flier here.

Debbie Snowdon sent in an announcement that CMS officials will address funding issues at League of Women Voters forums on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 9:30-11 a.m. at Amity Presbyterian Church, 2831 N. Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9:30-11 a.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.

Victor Mack sent in the September issue of UNCC Cato College of Education’s newsletter.

Elise Esasky sent in the Sept. 19 edition of Read Charlotte’s newsletter.

Jim Garges sent in the Sept. 19 Partners for Parks newsletter.

Sharon Wright sent in an announcement of a “Harvest the Good” event on hemp and medical cannabis on Sunday, Oct. 1 from 3-6 p.m. at 4949 Albemarle Rd. Details here. $10 tickets here.

Dena Diorio sent in her Sept. 18 Board Bulletin.

Angela Caffee sent in an announcement of a workshop on human trafficking on Wednesday, Sept. 27 from 9:30-11 a.m. at 601 E. 5th St. Room 510. Details here.

Shawn Greeson sent in an announcement of the inaugural free Charlotte American Indian Artist Showcase – Arts & Crafts Sale on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 2-5 p.m., with an artist & cultural presentation beginning at 1 p.m., at Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Rd. Flier here.

Arthur Griffin sent in a Sept. 15 school bond campaign newsletter.

Brian Kasher sent in a link to an interview with newly elected City Council member Braxton Winston.

Campaign materials:
Council At-Large: Ajmera
Council District 5: Bonapart

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Announcements Archive

Community Matters


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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

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Community Affairs



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


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


Four people presented material on upcoming summer camps for youth.


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


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


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


CMS gathers in pupil assignment surveys, explains assignment review.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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Housing & Workplace


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Entrepreneurial business owners and executives share some of their experiences.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

Breaking Barriers

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


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

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.


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


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


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


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


Nakisa Glover reports on conference on revitalizing environmentally vulnerable communities.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.”


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


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


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


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


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

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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots


Election results from first Charlotte Municipal primary.


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


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


Candidates for Charlotte City Council at-large seats.


GOP primaries in Council District 6 and for Charlotte mayor.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Election results in Mecklenburg from March 15 primary.


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

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Candidates & Ballots