Recently at the Forum


From 7-18-2017 Meeting

Mary Johnson offered copies of material from Rep. Alma Adams’s July 10 town hall on health care.

Natheley McElrath announced a yard sale and fish fry fundraiser for Blanche Penn’s school board District 3 campaign on Saturday, July 29 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Details here.

Jackie Edwards Walton announced that Gerald Baucom’s Campus Connections will hold a Dean’s Event for students and parents to explore the programs and scholarship opportunities at HBCUs, on Saturday, July 22 from 9 a.m.-noon at Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 7237 Tuckaseegee Rd.

Blanche Penn announced that the Silver Fox Cheerleaders organization had obtained its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

J’Tanya Adams announced that she would file Tuesday for election to City Council District 2 based on her “proven record of deliverables.” She also announced a collaboration with the city to bring to Charlotte the ConnectHome Nation program to assist families in HUD-assisted housing get connected to the Internet.

Braxton Winston announced that he would file for City Council at-large on Wednesday, July 19 at 3:30 p.m.

Carlenia Ivory announced a ribbon-cutting for the Stevenson Apartments at Statesville Road and LaSalle Avenue, named for Forum co-founder Sarah Stevenson, on Aug. 29 immediately following the Forum.

Delores Johnson Hurt sent in an invitation to a free party marking the 273rd birthday of Mass. Gov. Elbridge Gerry, he of the original 1812 “gerrymandering” of election districts, on Saturday, July 22 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the League of Women Voters’ office, 1817 Central Ave. Info: 704-623-2495.

Eric Erickson sent in an invitation to a fund-raiser for his City Council District 2 campaign on Thursday, July 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The House of LeMond, 116 W. 4th St. Details here.

Jason Terrell sent in the July 14 Profound Gentlemen newsletter.

Henry Rock sent in a link to CityStartuLabs opportunities for mentoring.

Dimple Ajmera sent in her July 12 newsletter.

Angela Caffee sent in an invitation to Double Oaks Neighbors Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 1 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at 2300 Double Oaks Rd. Details here.

Larken Egleston and Justin Harlow sent in the list of municipal primary endorsements by the Black Political Caucus.

Dena Diorio sent in her July 17 Board Bulletin.

Kim Roseboro sent in an announcement of a free event for high school juniors and seniors with tips on testing, scholarship applications and preparing for college, to be held Saturday, July 29 from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Naomi Drenan Recreation Center, 750 Beal St. Details here.

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Community Matters


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.


Lots of speakers took advantage of Open Forum to raise issues for community discussion.

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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.


Dream Builders CEO Kenston Griffin uses this exercise to help adults understand how children learn.

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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.


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.


Debra Weeks, new CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics


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.


LaWana Mayfield gave an impromptu update on a community meeting on the city budget, and developments on West Boulevard corridor.


Joel Ford offered an update on issues likely to come up in the legislative short session beginning Monday.


An Open Forum began with a discussion of H.B. 2, the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.”

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Candidates & Ballots


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.


Candidates for public office announce their intentions for 2016.


Election 2015 results.


Jennifer Roberts, Edwin Peacock answer questions at the Forum a week before the Charlotte mayoral election.


District candidates for Charlotte City Council.


Candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council.


Dan Clodfelter, facing an Oct. 6 primary, spoke about mayor’s role and his plans for a full term. He was joined by GOP Council candidate John Powell.

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Candidates & Ballots