Barack Obama sent in his bracket picks of Duke’s men and UConn’s women to win NCAA championships.
Carlenia Ivory suggested thank-you notes to David Tepper (800 S Mint St Charlotte, NC 28202) for donating transportation and lodging for West Charlotte High’s boys’ basketball team and cheerleaders for their trip to the March 16 state championship game in Raleigh.
March 21: “Opioids Addressing the Epidemic and Debunking the Myths,” 6:30 p.m., Calvary Church, 5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd.
March 21: City Council Immigrant Community Committee dialogue in District 3 “on the accessibility of municipal services and activities, and work to assuage fears that exist toward city government,” 8-10 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 6212 Tuckaseegee Rd.
March 23: Airport Job fair, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 5301 Wilkinson Blvd.
March 23: Pop-up Village celebrating National Single Parent Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 2701 Freedom Dr., free.
March 26: City Council Immigrant Community Committee dialogue in District 6 “on the accessibility of municipal services and activities, and work to assuage fears that exist toward city government,” 6-8 p.m., Harris YMCA, 5900 Quail Hollow Rd.
March 26: Civics 101 on the press, 6:15-8:30 p.m., Charlotte Observer. Fee $50 for 5-week series; register and pay here.
March 28: Jane Ellen sings Diana Krall, 7 p.m., Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd., free. Register here.
March 27: Ali Fitzgerald discusses her book “Drawn to Berlin.” Register here.
March 28: City Council Immigrant Community Committee dialogue in District 4 “on the accessibility of municipal services and activities, and work to assuage fears that exist toward city government,” 6-8 p.m., Camino Community Center, 201 Stetson Dr.
March 28: Discussion of Angie Thomas’s “The Hate U Give”. Register here.
March 29: Wills for seniors and veterans, info session, free, 10 a.m. Beatties Ford Road Library, 2411 Beatties Ford Rd.
March 30: City Council Immigrant Community Committee dialogue in District 1 “on the accessibility of municipal services and activities, and work to assuage fears that exist toward city government,” 9-11 a.m., ourBRIDGE for KIDS, 3925 Willard Farrow Dr.
March 30: Civic Engagement Pop-up Shop, 1:30-4 p.m., 933 Louise Ave. Register here.
March 31: Carolina Energy opens its eight-game 2019 arena football season, Bojangles Arena.
April 2: Walt Wolfram shows and discusses his movie “Talking Black in America.” Register here.
April 2: Money Magnets club for children 5-11. Library, 2157 West Blvd.
April 3: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
April 4: Information meeting on new West Charlotte High School, 6 p.m.
April 4-6: Sol Summit. Register here.
April 5: Hampton University High School Day bus trip.
April 6: 7th Annual Charlotte African-American Festival,10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Spirit Square 345 North College St., free. Nominations are being accepting for the 2019 Black Business of the Year and The 2019 Black Elected Official of the Year Award. Details here or by e-mail.
April 11-14: Charlotte Black Film Festival, Convention Center. Volunteers needed.
April 12: Wendell Potter on Medicare for all: Noon at Queens, 6:30 at Trinity Presbyterian.
April 13: United in the Community Day fundraiser for Beatties Ford Road Vocational Center and Fathers United, free. Organizations interested in having information booths call 980-349-4067.
April 16: Aviation Camps of the Carolinas event. Charlotte-Douglas Airport. Some seats free; details here.
May 4: Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Gala, 6 p.m., Le Meridien Hotel Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St.
June 24-Aug. 2: Four Court Camps for youth 14-18 at Mecklenburg Courthouse. Details. Flier.
June 25: Aviation Camps of the Carolinas event. Monroe Airport. Some seats free; details here.
July 15-20: Biloxi/New Orleans Casino trip.
Aug. 31: Sickle Cell Run/Walk, 8 a.m., videos one two
Debbie Giibbs and Tonya Rivens comment on the early days of local television news broadcasting.
Jan Valder, left, Martha Alexander, Sara Spencer and Mary Klenz described their efforts to move causes forward, and to support one another.
Keysha Walker Taylor outlined the investments being made by the African American Community Foundation in Charlotte’s black community.
Ken Lemon, left, Brittney Johnson and Dedrick Russell explain the work of the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists.
Jesse Cureton described his life from its beginnings in Southside Homes to the C-suite at Novant Health. Cureton talked about the One Charlotte project, and how Novant is finding ways to support the people left behind in a constantly upscaling city.
City Council member James Mitchell offers his view of why Charlotte lost the CIAA tournament.
A few moments from the 2018 Christmas Party.
Winston Robinson suggests a westside history museum focused on African-Americans’ contributions to Charlotte.
A panel led by District Attorney Spencer Merriweather discussed the vision for a Mecklenburg-wide Family Support Center to assist victims of domestic violence.
Ken Koontz reports on his national holiday, proving that even levity at the Forum may be aimed at a good cause.
Kerr Putney, left, and Willie Ratchford asked Forum participants to help them reach small community groups who might be assisted in their work by the second phase of the city’s micro-grant program.
Robert Dawkins, left, and Arthur Griffin challenge the notion of “civic engagement,” calling residents to much greater involvement in their democracy.
Former Excelsior Club owner Ken Koontz offered an update on the now-closed Beatties Ford Road nightclub.
Two advocates, one working on re-entry of prison inmates back into society, the other a critic of how schools fail to educate inner-city children, meet at the Forum table.
Sarah Stevenson announced she might not be present at every Forum, and said her “daughters” would continue on.
An update on Tommie Robinson’s Second Ward murals.
A conversation with Tamala Bullard, left, and five other women who serve the greater good.
Shanté Williams, left, and Lambert Guinn are two young professionals making their marks on their native Charlotte.
Five black women who were “firsts” in local elective leadership open Black HIstory Month.
The 2nd Annual Charlotte Women’s March.
Dr. Diane Bowles from JCSU discusses books published by the university.
Vakala explains a theory of “cultural strategy” that he is developing.
Munro Richardson reviews communitywide efforts to help struggling readers.
Three speakers added their perspectives on how to wrap children in what they need to thrive
Clarence D. Armbrister, recently named president of Johnson C. Smith University, set out his goals for the HBCU.
Teddy McDaniel explains Urban League training initiatives and reaches out for help filling the group’s classes.
CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox answers questions after presentation of data confirming the achievement gaps that linger at CMS schools.
J’Tanya Adams led a presentation on how CMS and nonprofits are working to get all students reliable Internet access at home.
Dr. Yolanda Holmes and others make pitch for support of CMS #InvestInTheWest effort to assist struggling students.
Supt. Clayton Wilcox fields questions on day that the Vote Yes for School Bonds committee made their pitch.
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.
Karen Kovach, left, and Juanita Miller explained Changed Choices’ work with women returning from jail or prison.
Dr. Tonnia Thomas has a nonprofit ready to train people to work in hazardous waste and environmental cleanup projects.
David Sharp, left, joined Patrick Cannon in a discussion of how Sharp’s firms are funneling capital to entrepreneurs who are building businesses.
Three women shared their approaches to success in nonprofit and for-profit businesses in Charlotte.
LaWana Mayfield and Pam Wideman describe some of the tools available to the city to ensure that more Charlotte residents are in safe housing they can pay for.
City program with area partners is retraining adults with barriers to employment.
“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.
Robin Tolliver-Ayotunde offered a primer on basic insurance concepts, and promoted looking at options annually.
Blood donations help patients like Robert White manage sickle cell disease. More donations are needed.
Fostoria Pierson and other members of Blue Star Mothers talk about the sacrifices made by military families, and how the organization allows them to support one another.
Panel discusses how science now understands the linkage between adverse childhood experiences and both behavioral and physical challenges among those children.
Three women whose organizations are serving the elderly.
Four staffers describe programs to help children. All need volunteers to achieve their goals.
Terri Joelle portrays Queen Charlotte as a tour guide and teacher of local and royal history
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.
During his Feb. 19 Forum presentation, Sheriff McFadden made a specific suggestion of how congregations could help support people leaving detention.
George Dunlap, left and Garry McFadden discuss Mecklenburg issues.
Jean Leier and Warren Cooksey offered an update on the I-77 express lanes and other toll roads in North Carolina.
Fire Chief Reginald Johnson, left, joined Mayor Vi Lyles and Community Relations Director Willie Ratchford in discussing the city’s response to Hurricane Florence. Forum members made suggestions for additional improvements in emergency response.
Stacey Carless, left, and Adam Sotak reviewed how the results of the 2020 Census will affect the funding for government programs.
CMPD’s Shawn Ward helped Forum participants wrestle with a few of the issues facing police officers as they serve the community.
Kareem Puranda suggests that all police officers go through mental health training, in the name of a better, more sensitized police force.
Lisa Crawford presented the details of how turning your driver’s license into a federally approved REAL ID will save time at airports in 2020.
City staff brought to the Forum by Council member Greg Phipps faced a range of questions about city’s budget.
Trial Court Administrator Charleston Carter.
At-large Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell offered an update on a variet\y of city programs, mostly turning on economic development.
Six women serving as judges on the Mecklenburg bench discuss their roles, their joy in their work, and how they cope with the stresses of that work.
Three who serve in local government positions discuss how they work to encourage others to do so.
Toni Tupponce and Candice Rorie outlined how the metropolitan area sets its longterm transportation project goals.
Spencer Merriweather introduced himself as Mecklenburg’s new District Attorney and made some news.
Carlenia Ivory talks about what she has learned during her months of service representing District 2 on Charlotte City Council.
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.
Unofficial results from voting in Mecklenburg County.
Three of the six candidates for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor discuss the advisory body’s work.
Judicial candidates who have opponents on the November ballot spoke. At left is Judge Ty Hands, who is not on the ballot this year.
Election results from Primary 2018.
Three May 8 primary candidates for the 12th District U.S. House seat, two in the Democratic primary and one in the Republican primary, answer questions.
Six of 10 speakers at an Open Forum are involved in the May 8 or November election cycles.
Sarah Stevenson announces that the Forum will not hold candidate forums before the May 8 primary.
A millennial asks the perfect post-election question – and prompts two similar answers.
Three candidates in the Nov. 7 election offered thank-yous and comments at the Nov. 14 Forum.
Results from Charlotte city and CMS school board races.
Vi Lyles presented her case for election as Charlotte Mayor and answered questions.
Candidates for contested district seats on Charlotte City Council
Four candidates for Charlotte City Council and one District 2 candidate.
School board candidates in Districts 2, 4, 5 and 6 presented and answered questions.
Eight candidates vying for two CMS board district seats answer questions at the Forum.
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.