Next week: Matt Newton, Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Chair; Cozzie Watkins, 12th District Party Chair; possibly others.
Gyasi Foluke announced that in his latest book is an article by Umar R. Abdullah-Johnson that explores the overmedication of schoolchildren, “a very serious problem.”
Sheila Peltzer announced that she would like the names of lawyers who would be willing to support shared-parenting bills now before the N.C. General Assembly. A copy of her pitch to legislators on April 24 is here.
Levester Flowers announced that the Second Ward National Alumni Association would sponsor a bus tour to Cherokee on June 6.
Carrie Cook announced that she would encourage people to support the CMS School Board’s appropriation request to Mecklenburg County Commissioners. She said the Commissioners’ next public hearing on the budget is June 10 at 6 p.m. at the Government Center.
Carlenia Ivory announced that the Forum was trying to get CMS Supt. Ann Clark back to talk about the budget.
Carlenia Ivory announced that schools are in need of volunteer proctors for end-of-year testing. Call any school to volunteer.
Blanche Penn announced that the Silver Fox Cheerleaders took home the gold at last weekend’s competition, and will compete in September in Raleigh. “This might not be a big deal to y’all, but the thing about it is, these cheerleaders, the oldest one is 78, as long as we can keep our cheerleaders active and moving, it is a big thing to us.”
Carolyn Logan announced that the Blackberry Brunch sponsored by the Black Women’s Caucus will be held Saturday, June 27 at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, 5624 Westpark Dr. Tickets are $50.
Tommie Robinson thanked everyone for attending his recent art exhibition. He said he had enough money to last into the new year.
Henry Rock sent in a reminder that City Startup Labs would end its current 15-week bootcamp for entrepreneurs with a pitch event on Wednesday, May 27 at 6:30 p.m. at UNCC Center City, 320 E. 9th St. Students will compete for prizes, software, loans and slots in Packard Place’s business incubator. Details here.
Phyllis Perry sent in an announcement that Precinct 210 would have a lunch meeting with City Council District 2 member Al Austin on Thursday, May 28 at noon at Denny’s, 4541 Sunset Rd. Purchase your lunch then ask Austin questions. Details: Perry by e-mail or 704-299-9577.
Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement of the 5th Ujamaa Friday on Friday, May 29 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 5104 Reagan Drive Suite 5. Details here.
Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her May 26 Board Bulletin.
Robert Dawkins sent in an announcement about plans to prepare for a June 8 City public hearing on a proposed civil rights resolution. Details here. Model ordinance here. Talking points on model ordinance here.
Jane Whitley sent in an announcement of the Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County’s Annual Doris Cromartie Fundraiser Gala honoring former U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins, to be held Thursday, Aug. 20 fro 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Carolina Golf Club, 2415 Old Steele Creek Rd. Details here.
Joel Ford sent in a May 19 news release from the Department of Transportation announcing the completion of financial requirements for the I-77 express lanes and the cost of cancellation of the project. Text here.
Laura Clark sent in a copy of the May newsletter of the Renaissance West Community Initiative.
Justin Harlow sent in an announcement that the Five Points Community Cooperative & Historic West End Partners, Inc. will host a family and pet friendly Food Truck & Movie Night on Saturday, May 30 at the old Park and Shoppe lot at 1600 W. Trade St. Food trucks will serve from 6:30-8:30 p.m.; movie will start at 8:30 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. Info: e-mail Justin Harlow.View the
Civil Liberties proposal goes to City Council Monday, suggesting a resolution.
Sarah Stevenson and Forum receive JCSU Arch of Triumph Award at university’s April 11 Gala.
Longtime TV journalist Ken Koontz looks back on events in city, offers a warning to young people, and discusses his current projects.
An update on renovation at West Charlotte Recreation Center.
Corine Mack was recently named president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg chapter of the NAACP.
Charles Everage offers one lawyer’s advice on how citizens should conduct themselves with police.
H. Allen Smith, who left CMS last spring and became chief of schools in Oakland, Calif., keynoted Charlote’s Growing the Dream Awards presentation.
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.
Video of “A Dream Again Deferred?”, a look back and forward about how segregation and resegregation played out in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
An archive of material on the CMS budget, from various sources.
Tom Hanley on first year at Commonwealth High, a for-profit high school succeeding with dropouts.
Supt. Ann Clark on why she does what she does, on leadership, and on the issues of the day.
Connie Sessoms Jr. says CMS Driver’s Ed will reach fewer teens if fees rise to cover costs.
Mary McCray said the CMS school board would start by consulting the community as it begins the search for a new long-term superintendent.
Amid requests for mentoring and support, Forum participants raise questions about who’s in charge at West Charlotte High.
“Highlighting African-American Achievers” is Feb. 19-21.
Betty Howell Gray on Feb. 12-13 conference on “Educating Our Black Youth: A Community Responsibility”
Belk Foundation’s Johanna Anderson outlines 8-year project to have 80% of third-graders reading proficiently in 8 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joel Ford issues a call for black elected officials to work together.
Darrell Gregory reviewed efforts by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council to funnel assistance to groups making a real impact with at-risk juveniles.
Warren Cooksey and Jean Leier with an update on the N.C. project to add toll lanes on I-77.
City staff and elected officials offer a primer in Manager Ron Carlee’s city budget proposal.
Four commissioners address county issues of the day, including elections, budgets, social mobility.
Vi Lyles explains Council thinking on moving garbage collection costs to the property tax.
Members of the Mecklenburg delegation to the N.C. General Assembly, including Sen. Jeff Tarte pictured, reviewed issues pending during the current session.
LaWana Mayfield and David Howard offered explanations of LGBT vote on City Council, and how allegations of price gouging during CIAA are being dealt with.
Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee discusses his role, the high-profile issues on the city’s agenda, and how he came to see city government as a tool for justice.
Elected leaders at local and state levels offered comments about the issues of 2015.
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.
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.