The Forum next meets on Jan. 6, 2015.
Elisa Chinn Gary announced that her swearing-in as Clerk of Superior Court had been moved from a courtroom to the larger atrium of the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. The ceremony is Friday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m at 832 E. Fourth St.
Joyce Waddell left an invitation to join her for a reception following the swearing-in of members of the N.C. House and N.C. Senate. The reception will be held immediately following the 10 a.m. swearing-in on Wednesday, Jan. 14 in Room 1228-1327 of the Legislative Building in Raleigh.
Robert Dawkins sent in a link to his Agitator Radio interview with Ellen Dunbar from the US-Africa Working Group on Ebola.
Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her Dec. 15 Board Bulletin.
Ledger Morrissette sent in an invitation to nominate people for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Medallion Award, presented annually by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee to individuals in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community who exemplify the ideals of Dr. King. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 5.
Daisy Walker sent in an appeal for proctors to help in West Charlotte High School’s January round of end-of-course testing. Light breakfast will be available for proctors. Info here.
The Black Political Caucus sent in a flier for its Chair’s Open House on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 6-10 p.m. at The Morehead Inn, 1122 E. Morehead St. Details here.
Robert Dawkins sent in a year-in-review of Mecklenburg work of supporters of Democracy NC, along with an appeal for donations. Text is here.
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.
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.
Arthur Griffin on “The Long Struggle for Equity in Education in NC,” joined by Richard McElrath and Sarah Stevenson.
Supt. Heath Morrison spoke about the bond issue on Tuesday’s ballot.
CMS’s Allen Smith discusses how he is preparing for a November report on needs of westside schools.
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.
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.
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.
Trevor Fuller discusses leadership changes on the Mecklenburg County board.
N.C. Rep. Becky Carney offered an extemporaneous argument that policy opinion drives public policy.
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.