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Oct. 21, 2014

Next week: Statewide judicial candidates; and CMS Supt. Heath Morrison.

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Jackie Edwards Walton announced that Sarah Stevenson is doing well and resting, and that Vilma Leake is at home and doing well.

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Laura McClettie announced that C.W. Williams Community Health Center and Enroll America will hold a press conference on Nov. 12 to kick off 2014 enrollment under the Affordable Care Act. Enrollment begins Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Child Services Building, 601 E. 5th St.

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Laura McClettie announced a fundraiser for the Harvey Gantt Center membership challenge and Sarah Stevenson’s birthday to be held on Oct. 31 from 6:30-9 p.m. at 4329 Hyde Park Drive. Details here.

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Laura McClettie announced that the Tuesday Forum’s Christmas party would be held on Dec. 16.

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Colette Forrest announced a free Kay Hagan campaign event on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from noon-1 pm. at Little Rock AME Zion Community Development Center at McDowell & 7th Sts. featuring U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., on “what women in particular can do to make a difference in this race as we enter the early voting.” Register with Doug Wilson by e-mail or 336-706-2625.

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Colette Forrest announced a free Kay Hagan campaign “Souls to the Polls” strategy session on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at C.N. Jenkins Memorial Presbyterian Church, 1421 Statesville Ave., featuring U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. Register with Doug Wilson by e-mail or 336-706-2625.

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Colette Forrest announced a free early voting kick-off rally on Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6-7 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.

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Phyllis Perry announced that Precincts 210, 25 and 54 would hold a get-out-the-vote meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Rameses Temple, 4919 Beatties Ford Rd.

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Pamela Lewis announced that the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will host a candidate reception on Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2-5 p.m. at the Delta Center, 5408 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.

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Bobbie Parks announced that Mecklenburg Senior Democrats will hold phone banking on the first day of early voting on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at 5501 Executive Center Drive, Suite 109.

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Bobbie Parks announced that the West Charlotte High School Class of 1961 will hold a balloon release fundraiser on Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5.

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Carla Archie announced that her campaign for Superior Court judge will hold its final meet-and-greet on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 6-8 p.m. at Philosopher’s Stone, 1958 E. 7th St.

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Levester Flowers said the Mecklenburg Democratic Party has 300 volunteers ready for poll duties during early voting and on Nov. 4, and is looking for 200 more. To volunteer, call Flowers at 704-968-3391.

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Ty Turner announced that the Pi Phi chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity will hold a candidate meet and greet on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Omega House, 3301 Statesville Ave. Food plates are $9.

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Queen Thompson announced that Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beatties Ford Rd. will hold a candidate meet and greet on Friday, Oct. 31 from 11 a.m. and on into Saturday, Nov. 1.

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Colette Forrest announced a voter rally and march at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, from Little Rock AME Zion Church, at 7th & McDowell Sts., to the CPCC Facilities Services building at 1326 E. 7th St., where voting that day will continue through 7 p.m.

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Elisa Chinn Gary announced that her Clerk of Superior Court campaign will host a volunteer drop-in and pick-up on Tuesday, Oct. 21 from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Carriage House at the Wadsworth Estate, 400 S. Summit Ave.

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Ty Turner announced that Black Political Caucus sample ballots will be available Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Caucus office in the Double Oaks Center, 1326 Woodward Ave.

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Lucille Puckett announced that the Mecklenburg Democratic Party Precinct Chairs are sponsoring a 2014 get-out-the-vote blastoff on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters, 5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite 206. Tickets are $10.

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Blanche Penn announced that the Silver Fox Cheerleaders would attend as many election-night celebration parties on Nov. 4 as they can.

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Joel Ford left a copy of his North Carolina State Government Resource Guide, which he mentioned in a recent Forum presentation.

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Robert Dawkins sent in a request for turnout at the Charlotte City Council community forum on a civil liberties ordinance, to be held Monday, Ot. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center. Details here. A copy of the model ordinance is here.

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Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that Hugh McColl will be honored with the Spirit of the Center Award during the Gantt Center’s Jazzy Holiday gala on Dec. 6 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Tickets for $175 are here.

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Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her Oct. 20 Board Bulletin.

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The Black Political Caucus sent in an announcement of a Kay Hagan campaign event on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 9:15 a.m. at the Big View Diner, 16637 Lancaster Highway, featuring Jon “Bowzer” Bauman of Sha Na Na. RSVP here.

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Betty Howell Gray sent in a Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators flyer encouraging educators to vote.

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LaWana Mayfield sent in a copy of her October newsletter.

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The Black Political Caucus sent in an announcement of an “Election Night Watch Party” with free food on Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 7:15 p.m. at Slate, 200 E. Bland St.

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Robert Dawkins sent in a link to his Oct. 21 Agitator Radio interview with Geneal Gregory about get-out-the-vote strategies.

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Maria Macon sent in an announcement of a “Men and Their Sons HealthCare Affair” focused on “Racism and Your Health,” to be held Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Latibah Collard Green Museum, 720 Tuckaseegee Rd. Details here. Registration required. Info: Macon at 980-202-9149.

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Charles Thomas sent in an announcement of Queen City Forward’s Innovation Challenge Food Finale on Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 4:30-6 p.m. at Johnson & Wales University Hance Auditorium. Details here.


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 Donation in September: $31.18

Donations in 2014: $214.48

Since donations began: $1,437.01

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Community affairs

8-19-14 Darrell Gregory on programs that can improve young people's lives.

8-19-14 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.

6-17-14 Megan Boler, right, and Zachary Denard introduce the League of Conservation Voters.

4-1-14 Council member Vi Alexander Lyles addresses gentrification issue in Charlotte.

2-18-14 Joyce Waddell portrayed Harriet Tubman in Underground Railroad skit at Wallace Pruitt Rec Center.

2-18-14 "Lived Black History": Forum participants share stories of the pain, indignities – and coping – of life under segregation.

12-19-13 CharMeck Alerts come from fire, police, weather and health officials; Amber and Silver alerts about missing persons; and community alerts on events and traffic problems. Click above to sign up.

7-19-13 President Obama speaks about pain, uncertainty and opportunity in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.

6-25-13 Khalil Kinsey previews the exhibition of artifacts from 400 years of African-American history, running July-October at the Gantt Museum.

5-7-13 Dr. Gyasi Foluke comments on African Americans' need for group pressure politics.

3-12-13 Toni Tupponce on A Sign of the Times in concert March 29-30 at West Charlotte.

2-19-13 Karen Gipson reports on the MLK Prayer Breakfast held Jan. 21 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

2-19-13 Dianna Davis promotes African American Festival on Feb. 23-24 at Independence High.

2-19-13 Blanche Penn previews her portrayal in the Underground Railroad exhibit at the Pruitt Rec Center.

1-14-13 A listing of MLK holiday events for the City of Charlotte, beginning with wreath-laying.

12-4-12 A Kwanzaa schedule of events for Charlotte, passed on by Vivian Mitchell.

12-4-12 LaWana Mayfield on city action to prevent a possible afterschool program shutdown in June.

 9-6-12 Dan Murrey offers alternate viewing sites for DNC acceptance speech..

8-28-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke responds to the death of Khalil Malik Cousart, 13.

8-21-12 Police Chief Rodney Monroe on DNC security preparations.

8-14-12 Mayor Anthony Foxx on DNC, capital needs, growth, homelessness and his own political future.

8-7-12 Ben Carroll of Coalition to March on Wall Street South.

7-31-12 A'Shanti Gholar, DNC coordinator of public engagement.

7-24-12 Democrat NC's Robert Dawkins, Zaina Alsous and Stefan Weathers on get-out-the-vote efforts.

6-5-12 A recap of the day's discussion about how Charlotte celebrates the MLK holiday.

6-5-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke's article arguing for a commemoration, not celebration, of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

4-10-12 City Council members make case for public subsidies of uptown baseball.

2-28-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke outlines "A Scheme Beyond the Dream" of Martin Luther King Jr.

2-14-12 Community groups outline their work.

2-7-12 An update on the Democratic National Convention.

1-16-12 Sarah Stevenson figures in news coverage of the MLK holiday.


See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.


10-7-14 Radio personality Travis "Church Boy" Gilliam headlines session on the perils of unacknowledged depression.

6-17-14 Velma Love describes the Lee Thompson Young Foundation's aims to improve public awareness of mental health issues.

4-15-14 Leon Burton, right, 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.

3-4-14 T.D. Elder, left, and Lillian Herron recall their years of nursing in Mecklenburg amid racism. 

3-19-13 Six experts describe a System of Care that has improved mental health interventions for children in crisis in Mecklenburg.

3-19-13 Whitni Wilson-Wertz outlines Junior League's work on mental and physical health for youth.

2-19-13 Lucy Bush Carter: Veggies from mobile market at Transit Center can go on EBT cards.

1-15-13 Ursula Douglas describes the Nurse-Family Partnership at Care Ring, the former Community Health Services.

12-11-12 Beverly Irby on how health care reform is changing the financing of health care for the poor.

5-15-12 Health care by single-payer plan was explained by Malyn Pratt and Health Care for All Charlotte.

3-6-12 Sickle cell and related diseases: A bookshelf of readings.

1-24-12 Anuvia staffers Carolina Bonilla and Jenny Wade outline the treatment center's work.


See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.


Candidates, ballots

10-14-14 At-large county commissioner candidates Ella Scarborough, Emily Zuyus, Scott Carlisle, Trevor Fuller and Pat Cotham.

10-14-14 Richard Rivette is challenging incumbent Joel Ford in N.C. Senate District 38. Ford appeared Sept. 23.

10-7-14 Jim Puckett, left, and Leonard Richardson vie for Commissioners District 1 seat.

9-30-14 Marinn Bengel, left, and others argue for city bond and sales tax questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.

9-23-14 LaTarzja Henry offers an "informercial" for the ballot question on a sales tax increase.

9-23-14 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.

9-23-14 Newcomer LaTrice McRae is running for the N.C. legislature in Senate District 41.

6-17-14 Vi Lyles comments on issues at stake in Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate re-election effort.

5-20-14 Lucy Inman, for 4 years a Superior Court judge, is running for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.

3-18-14 Primary election season has begun. Here's an index to candidates who addressed the Forum.

Harry Jones11-26-13 Harry Jones interviewed by the Observer after Forum about running for county commission. 

9-3-13 Democratic mayoral candidates.

8-28-13 Edwin Peacock, right, and Dennis Peterson make a case for a big-tent GOP.

10-23-12 Congress hopefuls in the 9th and 12th Districts.

10-23-12 Soil commissioner hopeful Doug Hanks addresses questions about his postings on white supremacist web forum.

10-16-12 District Court judge candidates.

10-2-12 County commissioner at-large, N.C. Senate.

9-25-12 N.C. House candidates.

9-18-12 N.C. Senate hopefuls.

5-1-12 District Court judge candidates facing May 8 primaries.

4-24-12 N.C. Senate District 38 primary candidates.

4-17-12 N.C. House candidates.

4-10-12 County and U.S. House candidates in primaries.

4-3-12 County commissioner district candidates in primaries.


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Government, Politics

9-30-14 Craig Winegardner, left, and Sharon Hudson make case against I-77 toll lanes. 

8-26-14 Rep. Rodney Moore offers a thank-you for support during the recently ended legislative session.

8-12-14 Sen. Macolm Graham, left, and Sen. Joel Ford collaborate on an update on  legislative action.

8-5-14 Joel Ford raises concerns about MBE participation rate at the N.C. Department of Transportation.

8-5-14 Warren Cooksey discusses HOT lanes on I-77 as part of a DOT 101 presentation.

7-8-14 Joel Ford, right, along with Rodney Moore and Malcolm Graham offered a Raleigh Report.

7-1-14 Trevor Fuller on November referendum to increase sales tax, chiefly to pay for a teacher salary boost.

6-17-14 Judge Theo Nixon comments on changes in N.C. law related to fracking and resale of guns used in crimes.

6-17-14 Trevor Fuller on county budget and fall referendum on sales tax hike to boost teacher pay.

5-27-14 Randy Harrington, left, leads a presentation on the Charlotte operating budget and community investment plan.

5-13-14 County Manager Dena Diorio on the current budget process.

4-8-14 Dan Clodfelter asks for support the day before he begins an appointive term as Charlotte mayor.

3-18-14 Hagan Senate campaign political director Douglas Wilson assesses the campaign.

Trevor Fuller1-14-14 Trevor Fuller discusses leadership changes on the Mecklenburg County board.

9-17-13 Rep. Becky Carney: Recent protests prove that public opinion drives public policy.

5-7-13 Rep. Rodney Moore offers a view of how Democrats can return to power in Raleigh by 2018.

4-23-13 City Council member James Mitchell, left,  and Beatties Ford Road property owner Paul Holmes discuss Beatties Ford Road widening.

4-9-13 Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon announces that he's considering a run for Charlotte mayor.

2-19-13 Becky Carney's Raleigh Report, sent in by Colette Forrest. 

1-22-13 N.C. Rep. Kelly Alexander on literacy tests for voting, Republican control of N.C. government, Art Pope and more.

12-11-12 Malachi Greene in defense of the Democratic Party. "We will prevail...we've been through these troughs."

11-20-12 N.C. Rep. Martha Alexander's post-election comments.

11-13-12 LaWana Mayfield: "We need to hear from the community." 

11-13-12 Harold Cogdell on "polarizing state of our nation."

11-13-12 Sen.-elect Joel Ford on what's ahead in Raleigh.

 9-25-12 N.C. Sen. Charlie Dannelly: An Appreciation by Dan Clodfelter.

6-19-12 City Council members discuss budget impasse.

6-5-12 Michael Barnes responds to an Observer editorial.

5-29-12 David Howard, Ruffin Hall and LaWana Mayfield explain the city's bond proposal and tax increase to pay for it.

5-22-12 Harold Cogdell reports on county budget.

4-17-12 Party control: Democrats and a Republican sound off on what difference it makes in N.C. General Assembly.

2-7-12 Budd Berro with message from office of Gov. Bev Perdue.
See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.


10-14-14 John Crawford makes a pitch for the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.

7-29-14 Denada Jackson, right,  predicts another jump in graduation rate at West Charlottte High.

7-1-14 Thomas Hanley describes the goals of Commonwealth High, a charter set to open in August.

6-3-14 Supt. Heath Morrison discusses CMS budget and impact on CMS of proposals before the legislature. 

5-14-14 Sandra Conway, left, and Elyse Dashew  spearhead a letterwriting and petition drive to fully fund the CMS budget.

4-29-14 James Ford, a Garinger High world history teacher, is the 2014 N.C. Teacher of the Year.

3-25-14 Akeshia Craven-Howell, right, and others from CMS discuss N.C. charter school law and relations between CMS and the charters.

3-11-14 Millard House and others offered an update on New Leaders, the nonprofit that trains lateral entry and school personnel for leadership jobs.

2-25-14 Arthur Griffin on "The Long Struggle for Equity in Education in NC," joined by Richard McElrath and Sarah Stevenson.

Sarah Stevenson9-26-13 Sarah Stevenson named Meck Ed's 2013 Champion of Education.

7-2-13 Arthur Griffin reviews education trends, warns of two-tiered public education system.

6-25-13 Allen Smith explains his task as CMS community superintendent for the Harding, Berry and West Meck areas.

5-28-13 Supt. Heath Morrison returns after a busy year. Video here captures answers to six questions from the Q&A.

4-16-13 Rev. Dr. Frederick Grosse outlines foster care work of Elon Homes and Schools for Children, which will move to J.C. Smith campus.

3-12-13 Dr. Nicole Priestly on the Title 1 schools she oversees in the CMS Central Zone.

3-12-13 Stacey Rose offers of the educational vision behind her charter application for Charlotte Learning Academy.

2-26-13 CMS town hall Wednesday  Feb. 27 at E.E. Waddell about task forces. Click for flier.

2-19-13 Richard McElrath expresses concern that new CMS math exam that focus on reading problems will be a new barrier for struggling students.

2-12-13 West Charlotte High Principal John Wall: Focus is on individual students.

2-11-13 Supt. Heath Morrison's "initial thoughts on cultural competency" – printed Sunday by the Charlotte Observer.

2-5-13 LaTarzja Henry explains her new role for CMS: nurturing partnerships and parent engagement.

1-29-13 New Leaders panelists explain the teacher- and principal-training program in CMS.

1-8-13 StudentFirst Academy staff describe plans for westside charter school.

12-4-12 Richard McElrath on link between housing patterns and school success.

12-4-12 Ken Simmons on what he thinks it will take for West Charlotte High School to succeed.

11-13-12 Brandi Williams with a Project L.I.F.T. update.

10-27-12 Ken Simmons on what it will take to curtail bullying.

10-23-12 Richard McElrath on CMS talks about housing patterns and education.

10-2-12 Joyce Waddell on need for more attendance at Morrison's town halls.

10-2-12 Richard McElrath on CMS changes already under way.

9-25-12 Yvette Smith offers a briefing on Title I policies at CMS.

9-11-12 Supt. Heath Morrison addresses questions about CMS.

7-10-12 Charity Bell addresses changes in the CMS Central Secondary Zone that she leads.

7-3-12 Denise Watts offers an update on Project L.I.F.T.

5-22-12 Thornton Howard argues for the power of all those other four-letter words.

5-8-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke presented a statement to the CMS school board. He shares it here.

4-24-12 Dr. Heath Morrison visits on the day he was to be named CMS superintendent.

2-28-12 Artist Tommy Robinson offers a critique of American education.

1-31-12 Jean Desravines on New Leaders and its school leadership training efforts.

1-17-12 New CMS leaders Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray.


See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.

Housing, Workplace

9-2-14 The Young Entrepreneurs Network is helping young business owners learn the ropes. 

2-11-14 Anna Hood, right, and Fannie Flono discuss breaking down barriers in the workplace.

4-23-13 Fulton Meachem on Charlotte Housing Authority's vision, and some of the barriers to reaching it.

8-28-12 Steve Partridge, CEO of Charlotte Works, talks about the workforce training and job placement program.

5-22-12 Stoney Sellars speaks on redefining the purpose of business success.


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Et cetera

3-11-14 Sandra Clory on trip to Egypt and the Falasha or Ethopian Jews that her father called his people.

Vernon Herron1-21-14 Dr. Vernon Herron opens the Forum with a remembrance of his longtime friend T.B. Haynes and civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain.

7-9-13 Newcomer Lathan Wood talks about a disconnect between Forum discussions and what's going on inside the city's schools and colleges.

6-4-13 Kaa Ma'at outlined plans to file for an FCC to operate a low-power FM station serving west Charlotte.

4-30-13 TyNia Rene' Brandon, Miss Queen City 2013, sings from repetoire that will take her to the Miss North Carollina pageant.

3-24-13 Former Forum presenters Valaida Fullwood and Charles Thomas appear at TEDxCharlotte.

3-19-13 Belk internal auditor and outgoing chief diversity officer Nicole Dean talks about the retailer's community involvement and education efforts.

3-17-13 And who would this dapper young man be behind the microphone? Help us tell that story.

2-19-13 Sheila Peltzer offers an update on push for shared parenting law.

1-22-13 Sheila Peltzer makes case for shared parenting in North Carolina child custody cases.

12-18-12 The Christmas Party, led by Natheley McElrath.

7-3-12 JCSU staffer Torrey Feimster addresses rumor that university will phase out its teacher training program.

6-26-12 Sam Divine of Atlanta discusses his roots in Liberia.

6-14-12 B.B. De Laine dies; lived a life tied up with school desegregation and the betterment of all of God's children.

5-22-12 Thomas Moore talks about teaching at Benedict College in Columbia, and the need to refocus on the needs of all children.

2-28-12 Joel Ford makes an announcement.


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