Next week: City Council district candidates with Sept. 15 primaries.
Sandra Clory announced that MeckMin’s next “We Need to Talk” session would be held Monday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at Myers Park Presbyterian Church, 2501 Oxford Place.
Kim Sue Montgomery announced the Black Political Caucus 2015 Black & White Ball on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St. Kickoff planning meeting is Thursday, Aug. 27 at the home of Kevin and Tina Henry.
Rhonda Foxx announced a community forum with Rep. Adams at the Charlotte District office on Sept. 1, 2015 at 6 p.m., at 321 W. 11th St. Video here.
Colette Forrest announced an early vote kick-off rally on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.
Blanche Penn announced that the Silver Fox Cheerleaders would be in competition in Raleigh on Friday, Sept. 25. The group is soliciting donations to support the trip.
Sean Gautam announced that his Rotary club is volunteering Saturday, Sept. 12 at Revolution Park for the Charlotte Boxing Academy to raise money for Academy youth programs. Info: See Gautam.
Bobbie Parks announced the Mecklenburg Democratic Party’s inaugural Family Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 29 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at party headquarters parking lot, 5500 Executive Center Drive.
Portia Motsapi thanked Forum participants for the donations and other support that made it possible for her to arrive Saturday from South Africa to pursue her dream of a college experience at Johnson C. Smith University. Video here.
Mo Idlibby sent in an announcement of a town hall on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carole Hoefener Center, 620 E. 7th St., featuring food, tea and a bookbag giveaway.
Robert Dawkins sent in a link to a petition to the N.C. Attorney General urging him to schedule a retrial of the involuntary manslaughter case against Randall Kerrick that ended last week in a hung jury. A statewide conference call on the subject will be held Thursday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Details here.
Azizi Coleman sent in an announcement of the 2nd Annual Sickle Cell Walk for Sept. 12, sponsored by the Piedmont Health Services & Sickle Cell Agency. Details here. Mayor Dan Clodfelter’s proclamation here.
Nicole McKinney sent in an invitation to “Conversations on Recovery: Sharing Stories of Determination, Support and the Importance of Inclusion,” on Friday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 3646 Central Ave., sponsored by Project 658 and Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. Tickets here. Flier here.
Shawn Greeson sent in a copy of the Summer edition of the Mecklenburg County Soil & Water Conservation District newsletter.
Brenda Robinson, the first African-American woman to become a Navy pilot, in 1980, sent in a link to her interview on CNN on the day two women completed Army Ranger training.
Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her Aug. 25 Board Bulletin.
Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that the Gantt Center’s Jazzy 40th Anniversary Gala on Dec. 5 would honor Lonnie G. Bunch, III, Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, with the Gantt Center’s Spirit of the Center Award. More here.
Charles Thomas sent in a save-the-date for a three-day conference Sept. 18-20 on alleviating hunger and increasing food access in Charlotte. Details here.
Carla Cunningham sent in an announement of a Women’s Equality Day press conference in Raleigh on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Details here.
Linda Johnson sent in an announcement that The Charlotte Post would hold a mayoral candidate forum on Friday, Aug. 28 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Carole Hoefener Center, 610 E. 7th St. Online tickets are $25.00 plus $2.37 fee here.
Malachi Greene sent in a link to a Brookings Institution article exploring research findings that “non-black teachers have significantly lower educational expectations for black students than black teachers do when evaluating the same students. We cannot determine whether the black teachers are too optimistic, the non-black teachers are too pessimistic, or some combination of the two. This is nonetheless concerning, as teachers’ expectations likely shape student outcomes and systematic biases in teachers’ expectations for student success might contribute to persistent socio-demographic gaps in educational achievement and attainment.”View the
Malcolm Graham writes about the Charleston murders, the loss of his sister, and the appropriate response.
Georgia Ferrell, mother of Jonathan Ferrell, and her son Willie thanked Charlotteans who have supported them during the Kerrick trial.
Sarah Stevenson asked for help raising money for tuition and fees for two South African students heading to the States to attend Johnson C. Smith University.
A self-appointed group of 26 Charlotte mostly business leaders will meet four times a year to address community issues they choose to tackle.
Advice from Marian Wright Edelman’s guest, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, on handling anger over discrimination.
Jeremiah Chapman calls on a multiracial audience to participate in rebuilding the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church as a multiracial act of unity.
JCSU President Ron Carter said Monday night that Tuesday would bring a major announcement about the future of the Beatties Ford corridor.
Michael Curry, currently bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, is first African-American elected to head the national Episcopal church.
Civil Liberties proposal goes to City Council Monday, suggesting a resolution.
Vernon Herron. longtime Forum participant and retired Baptist minister and social justice advocate, died May 16.
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.
Laurence Bibbs, Bruce Clark, Julie Eiselt and Claire Fallon on Council at-large primary.
Seven of the 12 at-large candidates in the Sept. 15 City Council primary.
Five of the six candidates for Charlotte mayor in the September primaries make their case, answer questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rhonda Foxx announces a Sept. 1 community forum at Rep. Alma Adams’ Charlotte office.
Kerr Putney, new Charlotte-Meclenburg Chief of Police, spotlights the need for officers to know their community.
Staff and City Council members explained transit plans for Charlotte, and the financing difficulties ahead.
Mecklenburg Republicans say the party is changing with the passing of a generation.
Retiring CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe and District Attorney Andrew Murray.
Vi Lyles, David Howard and Michael Barnes lay out differences on city budget vote.
Officers from Mecklenburg, 12th District and 9th District Democratic Parties outlined party strategy.
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.
Portia Motsapi thanks donors who helped raise tuition money for her first semester at JCSU.
Munro Richardson is in a listening phase as head of new Read Charlotte initiative to improve proficiency by third grade.
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.