At year’s end for some years, the Forum has set aside all things serious and gathered for breakfast, fellowship and games.
Winston Robinson, left, and Tera Long led discussion about westside equity and ambulance charges.
Forum participants mark the 94th birthday of Sarah Stevenson, co-founder of the Forum.
Funeral for Dwayne Collins, who died Sunday after a battle with multiple myeloma, will be Friday, Aug. 30, with viewing at 11 a.m. and service at noon, at Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church, 6116 Monteith Dr.
Brandon Lunsford shared Johnson C. Smith University’s interest in becoming an archive for West End Charlotte historical documents.
Dr. Debra C. Smith recounts the development of a publishing project telling the stories of women who served Charlotte during the civil rights era.
DeAlva Wilson, left, presented at a session on redevelopment plans for the demolished Eastland Mall site.
Jessica Davis, left, and James Mitchell helped guide a Forum discussion of the future of the Historic Excelsior Club on Beatties Ford Road.
The decision to forgive the man who took his brother’s life set John C Barnett on a course of advocacy.
Derek Webber recounted his efforts to keep his company’s Battle of the Bands in Charlotte, only to leave for Houston.
Lucille Puckett, left, and others raised community issues for discussion at Tuesday’s Forum.
Mayor Vi Lyles, left, City Manager Marcus Jones and CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney answer questions about release of video of police shooting.
Ervin Bryson introduced his Carolina Energy arena football team and invited the public to attend games and get to know the team better.
Debbie Giibbs, left, 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.
Friends gather to mark Tommie Robinson’s completion of murals for the Second Ward High School Gym site.
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 large crowd, including longtime educator Ceretha Sherrill, left, contributed to a discussion of issues still to be dealt with after the resignation of CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox.
CMS Board Vice Chair Elyse Dashew read a lawyer vetted statement about the suspension of CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox.
Greg Schermberg sent in a video about his company’s efforts to support family nights at two nearby schools.
Crystal Rountree introduces herself, and a more diverse Teach For America corps now operating in CMS schools.
Details here on free summer meals in some CMS schools and elsewhere.
Janet Harmon and Cory Pharr outlined Smart Start early childhood initiatives, and the new Meck Basics program aimed at growing brains aged 0-3.
Monika Rhue shared plans for a Johnson C. Smith University exhibit on the history of the Beatties Ford Road corridor now undergoing substantial change.
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.
Susan Woods offered tips on how to create a federally recognized nonprofit, and then how to seek funding.
Marvin Kelly described Goodwill Industries’ training and other missions and answered questions.
Constance Lav Johnson completed part of a presentation on grantwriting and fundraising.
Michael Norman is using his electrical contractor business to give young people a chance for a steady job.
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.
Dr. Tuwanda Williamson, left, will help open the first Oak Street Health clinic catering to adults on Medicare.
Malcolm Graham, left, led a panel discussing ways to move public opinion toward giving all people more protection from gun violence.
Sonja Chisolm, left, Avice Pretty and Dr. Trasha Black are helping their clients rebuild their lives.
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.
Taiwo Jaiyeoba described his efforts to reorient multiple streams of planning documents into a single comprehensive plan to guide the future of Charlotte’s growth.
George Grandy and Robert Dawkins focused on how the formal U.S. Census process and grassroots efforts are linking up to encourage participation.
Veteran Democratic strategist Sam Spencer explained his opposition to the ballot referendum on increasing the Mecklenburg sales tax to fund arts, parks and education.
Commissioners Chair George Dunlap makes his case for voter support of a ballot proposal to raise the sales tax.
Zhivi Williams, left, and Dr. Yolanda Holmes reported on efforts to overcome lack of diversity and resources on the Women’s Advisory Board to fulfill a role of advising Mecklenburg County Commissioners.
Vilma Leake was invited to address the Forum.
County Manager reviewed major planks of her proposed budget on which Commissioners will begin taking straw votes next week.
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.
Rev. Brenda Stevenson (pictured), N.C. Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed and N.C. Rep. Becky Carney discussed mostly legislative challenges facing the state.
Seven of the eight Democrats in the March 3 primary for 3 county commissioner slots on the November ballot spoke.
Laura Anthony, left, and Jonathan Peebles are running for legislative seats in the March primary.
A challenge to Darrell Bonapart’s candidacy in the N.C. Senate 39 Democratic primary was upheld by the Mecklenburg Board of Elections
Election-night preliminary results from the Nov. 5 election.
Vi Lyles explained her candidacy for re-election as Charlotte mayor, and spoke of a number of things she’s learned in her first term.
Republican Joshua Richardson, left, and incumbent Democrats Dimple Ajmera, Julie Eiselt, James Mitchell and Braxton Winston addressed the Forum.
Brandon Pierce, left, and other candidates for City Council Districts 2, 4 and 6 presented.
Annette Albright, left and Elyse Dashew presented at the second Forum on CMS Board of Education candidates.
Who will guide the education of these children? First of two sessions with CMS school board candidates. (CMS photo)
Results from Tuesday’s Primary Election in Charlotte.
Five candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council addressed the Forum.
Caleb Theodros, left, and Terry Brown discussed District 3 issues at a Forum focused on the Sept. 10 primary.
Sean Thompson, left, and other candidates in the District 4 City Council primary answered questions.
Mark Vincent, left, and others involved in the City Council primaries in District 5 and 7 made presentations and answered questions.
Lucillle Puckett, left, and three other Democrats spoke at a Forum focused on the Charlotte Mayor primary.
Larken Egleston, left, and Sean Smith squared off in the City Council District 1 Democratic primary race. Jessica Davis and Malcolm Graham were the two candidates present in the District 2 primary race.
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.