Levester Flowers announced that his school board campaign would help ferry voters to the polls for the Oct. 6 municipal primary free of charge. Details: 704-968-3391.
Blanche Penn announced that the Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center would host a crochet class along with bingo on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at the center, behind Bruns Avenue Elementary off Beatties Ford Road.
Phyllis Perry announced that the Black Political Caucus will hold its 50th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. at Founders Hall at 100 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $125.
Carol Anne Lawler announced that she is available for free talks to groups about Hospice, care for the caregiver and healthy aging. Lawler is communities of faith liaison for Hospice. Info: 704-732-6146 or by e-mail.
Nakisa Glover announced “Exploring Solutions: Climate Justice, Green Jobs and Ending Poverty,” a town hall on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 2-5 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St. Flier here. Info: Joe Segal 571-344-1518. Register here. More info on Facebook.
Larken Egleston announced that Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County will host a free Fundraising 101 candidate training on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Asian Library, 1339 Baxter St. Open to all “and you don’t have to be young to be a Young Democrat.”
Maurice Jones announced a STEM program for afterschool children at Ivory Baker Recreation Center on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. around renewable energy, lowering carbon footprints and nanotechnology, to boost end-of-grade tests scores in science and math.
Natheley McElrath announced a fundraising event Sunday, Oct. 25 marking Sarah Stevenson’s 90th birthday, to raise money to give two students from South Africa a semester at Johnson C. Smith University. Details here.
Carlenia Ivory announced “Show Up, Show Out, Show Your Best Self,” a community conversation for students 6th through 12th grade and their parents, on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ivory Baker Recreation Center. Speakers include Coach Q and Titus Ivory. Details here.
Joel Ford sent in a cover letter and study analyzing “self-reported characteristics of the over 31,000 people on CHA’s Housing Choice Voucher wait list (formerly called ‘Section 8’). Summary points: Median annual income – $10,000; 1 in 4 self-described as homeless; 93% black; 86% female; Only 200-240 vouchers for new clients become available each year.”
Shay Merritt sent in an announcement of the Charlotte CROP Hunger Walk Sunday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. from Independence Park. The 3.6-mile route runs through Elizabeth, Belmont and NoDa. Sign up here.
Beth Pickering sent in a save-the-date for “The Science of Fairness: Exploring Implicit Bias,” a full-day conference on Friday, Oct. 23 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.
Charles Thomas sent in an announcement of “Innovation Challenge: Plenty,” a “competition for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to meet serious issues around food insecurity and hunger in our community.” Details here.
Colette Forrest sent in an request that people protest to school board members about not being included in what Forrest asserts is an effort to make Ann Clark the permanent CMS superintendent. Forrest’s note here; Observer story here.
Dena Diorio sent in her Sept. 28 Board Bulletin.
Jane Whitley sent in details of early voting for the Oct. 6 Charlotte mayoral second primary.
Kim Ratliff sent in the Sept. 11 Alma Adams newsletter.
Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that the Gantt Center would hold a screening of “I’m Walkin’ For My Freedom: The Selma March and Voting Rights,” a Steve Crump documentary, on Friday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at the Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. $10 tickets for nonmembers here. Details here.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.
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.
Janeen Bryant and six other candidates for CMS Board of Education.
Five of the seven candidates in District City Council contests on the Sept. 15 primary ballot.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Queen Thompson on why CMS is naming a new school for her grandfather, Lawrence Orr.
Ken Simmons led a group presentation on appoaches to education at majority-African American schools.
Janeen Bryant and six other candidates for CMS Board of Education.
N.C. Sen. Joel Ford claims CMS hiring freeze; Supt. Ann Clark says it applies only to teaching assistants.
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.