Laura McClettie announced that the Census Bureau is hiring for the 2020 Census. Details here.
Rosoyn Mickelson sent in a paper published by the National Coalition for School Diversity that finds little evidence in research to pinpoint the tipping point above which concentrations of poverty have an adverse impact on student achievement; and little research on methods that school districts have used to prevent such concentrations.
Sept. 20: Job fair, West Charlotte Recreation Center, 3-6 p.m. Pre-registration optional.
Sept. 20: State of Our Black Boys Part II, 6-8 p.m., Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beatties Ford Rd.
Sept. 20: Parents Right-to-Know hearing, 6-8 p.m. on school drinking water and other issues.
Sept. 20: League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum.
Sept. 21: Sickle Cell Gala.
Sept. 21: Hidden Valley Optimist Park fish fry, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sept. 22: Griertown Bash, noon-4 p.m.
Sept. 22: Birthday Drop-in for Ken Koontz’s 70th, 3-7 p.m., East Stonewall AME Zion Church Fellowship Hall, 1729 Griers Grove Rd.
Sept. 22: A Concert of the Music Classics, 5 p.m.,Greater Bethel AME Church, 5232 The Plaza.
Sept. 24: Civics 101 on city government.
Sept. 25: Alpha Kappa Alpha political roundtable with candidates, 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal School, 750 E.9th. St.
Sept 25: UNCC Personally Speaking series: David Goldfield.
Sept. 25: League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum.
Sept. 28: City Startup Labs reunion and 5th anniversary celebration. Rescheduled from Sept. 15.
Sept. 28: Mosaic at the Lake cruise; fee.
Sept. 29: 12th District Military Service Academy Day.
Sept. 30 Vibe Called Fresh Festival at Camp North End.
Sept. 30: Joyce Waddell campaign fund-raiser, “The Best of Aretha Franklin.”
Oct. 2: Civics 101 on courts.
Oct. 3: Taste of the World. Tickets $49 here.
Oct. 3: Forum on new judicial districts, 7 p.m. Advent CoWork, 933 Louise Ave., sponsored by Sen. Jeff Jackson and Khalif Rhodes.
Oct. 4: League of Women Voters Candidates’ Forum.
Oct. 6: Adams Madhatter’s Luncheon & Hat Auction.
Oct. 6: Know Your Rights session, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Belmont Center, 700 Parkwood Ave.
Oct. 6: Black Political Caucus Leadership Institute, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fee. Register here.
Oct. 9: Civics 101 on CMS Board of Education.
Oct. 10: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
Oct. 11: Partners for Parks annual Awards Ceremony, Cordelia Park, 2100 N. Davidson St., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Oct. 11: Urban League golf fundraiser.
Oct. 16: Civics 101 on county government.
Oct. 20: My Brother’s Keeper event.
Oct. 23: Civics 101 graduation and meet the press.
Oct. 31: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
Nov. 1: UNCC Personally Speaking series: Mary Layton Atkinson.
Nov. 13: MeckEd Community Breakfast, 7:30 a.m.
Dec. 5: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
Dec. 8: My Brother’s Keeper event.
Jan. 9: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
Jan. 31-Feb. 2: My Brother’s Keeper event.
Feb. 6: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
Feb. 22: Justice Initiatives summit on raise the age. Register here.
March 6: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
April 3: MeckEd professional development. Fee $30.
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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.
The Forum’s Christmas Party for 2017.
Bring your unwrapped toys to the Forum and Natheley and Ben will deliver your donations to Toys for Tots.
Robert Dawkins outlined police review board changes, and made a plea to help people resolve differences without violence.
Forum participants suggest topics for future Forums.
On this Tuesday close to the real date, the Forum wished co-founder Sarah Stevenson a happy birthday.
About 130 affordable housing apartments officially opened Wednesday, named for Sarah Stevenson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Care Ring navigator Elana Congress summarizes upcoming deadlines under Affordable Care Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.