Recently at the Forum


From 3-28-2017 Meeting

Larken Egleston announced an open house at Eastway Middle School on Thursday, March 30 from 9:30-10:45 a.m. at 1501 Norland Rd.

Yolanda Holmes announced a need for volunteers for the Charlotte Career Discovery Day on Thursday, April 20 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road off East Independence Boulevard. To volunteer, see Holmes or attend a 30-minute volunteer orientation session on Monday, April 3, with sessions beginning at 9, 9:30 etc. through 11 a.m. and from 3, 3:30 etc. through 5 p.m. All will be held at Smith Family Center, 1600 Tyvola Rd.

Victor Mack announced the annual Julia Robinson Mathematics and Computing Festival on Saturday, April 1 at UNCC, aimed at middle school girls interested in STEM-related activities. Flier here. Online here. Mack said onsite registration Saturday would be accepted.

Jarrod Jones announced that West Charlotte High School will host its first musical production since the 1990s on Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. Tickets $5 at the door; donate here. Flier here.

Jarrod Jones announced a “Hear Me See Me” workshop to counsel parents and leaders on how to “craft their messages they wish to deliver to elected officials, employers, and large crowds of people in general.” Two sessions will be held, Thursday, March 30 at 6 p.m. and Monday, April 3, both at the Project LIFT office, 2324 Lasalle St. Flier here.

Advance Carolina distributed a petition on seven issues, including affordable housing and living wages.

Gary Young sent in an announcement that he will run for Charlotte City Council in District 5.

Queen Thompson sent in a list of upcoming events, including “Voices from the Past,” 50 area citizens portraying people from Charlotte’s history. Events will be held Saturday, April 1, from 1-5 p.m. at Settlers, Elmwood and Pinewood cemeteries in center city. Info herehere and here.

Alma Adams sent in an invitation to the second annual Women’s Symposium and Networking Fair on Friday, March 31 from 1:15-4 p.m. at LIttle Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St. Details here. Register here.

Chris Jackson sent in a comment about Monday’s Opportunity Task Force Report.

Dena Diorio sent in her March 27 Board Bulletin.

Greg Schembeck sent in an announcement of a free breakfast forum to help Charlotte Next develop an online tool to match middle schoolers with out-of-school programs. Breakfast is Saturday, April 1 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the YWCA, 3420 Park Rd. More on program here. Register here.

Joyce Waddell sent in her March 27 Waddell Weekly Bulletin.

Dedrick Russell sent in an invitation to a brunch buffet fundraiser benefitting the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists scholarship fund and honoring Steve Crump’s 30 years of reporting in Charlotte. Tickets $30 here. Flier here.

Stephanie Counts sent the March 23 newsletter of the Women’s Inter-Cultural Exchange.

Peggie Reid sent in an announcement of the 40th Founders’ Day event of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Charlotte chapter on Saturday, April 20 at 11 a.m. at Crown Plaza Charlotte, 5700 Westpark Dr. Tickets $40. Flier here.

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Community Matters


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.


Two pastors discussed nontraditional ways in which they are working with their flock to improve Charlotte.


Tamika Lewis and Robert Dawkins describe efforts to engage youth in undertaking neighborhood improvements of their choosing.


An update on the renovation under way at West Charlotte Recreation Cetner


Justin Harlow’s March update for the Five Points Community Collaborative.


Malachi Greene was remembered today at his beloved Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum by people touched by a dedicated soul.

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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.


Dream Builders Communications and Profound Gentlemen offered ideas on what works to improve schools.


Carlenia Ivory describes a project working with 21 high school students and their families.


CMS Board Chair Mary McCray offered an update on assignment and the superintendent search.


Brenda Robinson gave this update on the area visits by the Traveling Space Museum and NASA Space Camp.

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Housing & Workplace


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.


Three speakers from different organizations focus on minority inclusion in the workplace.

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.


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.


Sandra Clory announced a Tai Chi class she is teaching at Myers Park Baptist Church.


Desmond Wiggan described investment services available from Primerica.


Nelson Adesegha on fallout from Chapter 11 filing at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics


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.”


Five trailblazers on the early years of African-American participation in local government, and the work yet to be done.


Delegation of mayors from Albania explain their U.S. visit.


Four African-American women who went first reflect on where they’ve been, and where things stand today.


Kevin Tully explained the role public defenders play in making the criminal justice system work for all.


Alysia Osborne outlined work undertaken by Historic West End Initiative; legislative leaders reported on the concluded session, and on efforts to inspire voter turnout.


Open Forum included comments by Commissioners Chair Trevor Fuller about the difficult community issues that lie ahead.


Mecklenburg legislators give an update on the recently completed General Assembly session in Raleigh.

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Government & Politics

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