Recently at the Forum


From 4-24-2018 Meeting

Yolanda Holmes announced a West Meck High School Advisory Board’s Future Leaders Reception on Tuesday, May 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Van Every Culinary Arts Building on the CPCC Elizabeth Campus, 425 N. Kings Dr. Fee $25 per person, $40 per couple, which benefit West Meck’s CTE academies. Register and info here.

Blanche Penn announced a 2nd Annual Summer Arts Camp running during six weeks between June 11 and July 20 at West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2401 Kendall Dr. Details here.

Natheley McElrath announced a save-the-date for June 16 for the Black Women’s Caucus Annual Blackberry Brunch. Flier here.

Connie Green-Johnson announced that Democratic Women of Mecklenburg County meets the second Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. at Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers St.

Ceretha Sherrill announced that Juneteenth will be celebrated June 16. “This is going to be done this year if it’s done in my backyard, and I mean that.”

Jessica Davis announced a Law Day program, “Separation of Powers: Framework for Freedom” on May 1 at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse. Background here.

Queen Thompson announced a fund-raiser for her County Commissioner campaign on Saturday, April 28 from 1-3 p.m. at Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr. Palm card here.

Kristi Puckett Williams announced that Re-Entry Partners of Mecklenburg will hold a health fair on Saturday, May 19 from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd. for returning citizens and their families. Info on Facebook and here.

Tina White announced a Stop the Killing banquet and praise and worship service on Saturday, April 28 from 3 p.m. at New Macdonia of Faith, 2900 Clyde Dr.

Levester Flowers announced that Kelly Services is hiring adults for substitute teacher duty in CMS schools. Info: Flowers by e-mail or at 704-968-3391.

Gloria McKenzie announced a meeting of the Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators with CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox and school board members on Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Dr.

Gloria McKenzie announced the Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators’ annual scholarship banquet on Friday, May 18 from 6:30 p.m. at the Delta Center, 5408 Beatties Ford Rd. Tickets $30; see McKenzie.

Gloria McKenzie announced a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators Raleigh lobby day on Wednesday, May 16. Sign up for free bus here by April 30.

Louise Woods announced the International Sandwich Festival on Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Aldergate, 3800 Shamrock Dr. Details on Facebook and QCityMetro.

Tiyana Brown sent in Charlotte Next celebrations of Behailu Academy, Youth Employment Services, Freedom School Partners, Trips for Kids Charlotte, Winners Plus Agency, Girl Scouts Summer Camp and Girls on the Run.

Cynthia Wallace sent in information about the 9th District Democratic Party convention on Saturday, May 5 at 1:30 p.m. at Wingate University Batte Center, 403 N. Camden Rd., Wingate.

Carla Cunningham sent in her April newsletter.

Stephanie Counts sent in the April 25 W.I.E. newsletter.

Alma Adams in announcements about an April 28 oyster roast (register here), a May 2 Hustle & Grow roundtable and a May 3 Career Fair.

Dena Diorio sent in her April 23 Board Bulletin.

Debbie Snowdon sent in an announcement that Board of Elections Director Michael Dickerson would speak at a League of Women Voters meeting on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. at Midwood Center Room 210.

Chris Jackson sent in a Goodwill Success Story about the Economic Mobility Collaborative.

Tiyana Brown sent in the April 26 Charlotte Next Blast, and an invitation to a free Capstone Day for Charlotte Next’s current professional development series, on Wednesday, May 9 from 9-11 a.m. at Camp North End. Register here.

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Community Matters


Two advocates, one working on re-entry of prison inmates back into society, the other a critic of how schools fail to educate inner-city children, meet at the Forum table.


Sarah Stevenson announced she might not be present at every Forum, and said her “daughters” would continue on.


An update on Tommie Robinson’s Second Ward murals.


A conversation with Tamala Bullard, left, and five other women who serve the greater good.


Shanté Williams, left, and Lambert Guinn are two young professionals making their marks on their native Charlotte.


Five black women who were “firsts” in local elective leadership open Black HIstory Month.


The 2nd Annual Charlotte Women’s March.


The Forum’s Christmas Party for 2017.


Bring your unwrapped toys to the Forum and Natheley and Ben will deliver your donations to Toys for Tots.


Robert Dawkins outlined police review board changes, and made a plea to help people resolve differences without violence.


Forum participants suggest topics for future Forums.


On this Tuesday close to the real date, the Forum wished co-founder Sarah Stevenson a happy birthday.


About 130 affordable housing apartments officially opened Wednesday, named for Sarah Stevenson.


Speakers at Open Forum discuss schooling, City Council and families caught in unsanitary housing.


Toni Tupponce reviewed efforts by A Sign of the Times to preserve and share the history of the peoples of the African Diaspora.


Rickey Hall outlines what it takes to promote neighborhood uplift, based on his experience along West Boulevard.


Braxton Winston, left, on life after Lamont Scott protests; Ryan Emmanuel and Maura Chavez talked about their community relations work.


YMCA CEO Todd Tibbits lays out plans for effort to give 900 youth a safe place to play, learn and grow three evenings a week this summer.


County officials will re-dedicate a renovated West Charlotte Recreation Center on April 12.


Kerry Miller, left and three other women talked about their work with Charlotte area community-focused organizations.

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Community Affairs



CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox answers questions after presentation of data confirming the achievement gaps that linger at CMS schools.


J’Tanya Adams led a presentation on how CMS and nonprofits are working to get all students reliable Internet access at home.


Dr. Yolanda Holmes and others make pitch for support of CMS #InvestInTheWest effort to assist struggling students.


Supt. Clayton Wilcox fields questions on day that the Vote Yes for School Bonds committee made their pitch.


LaToya Purvis, head of school at UpROAR Leadership Academy, describes plans for first year at new quasi-military charter school.


Dr. Betty Howell Gray and others explain an August forum designed to encourage parent engagement.


Four people presented material on upcoming summer camps for youth.


Gerald Baucom presented on Campus Connections’ efforts to prepare teens and parents to choose a college path that will sustain teens’ dreams.


CMS DIstrict 2 representative Thelma Byers-Bailey with an update on where CMS board is going.


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.

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Housing & Workplace


Three women shared their approaches to success in nonprofit and for-profit businesses in Charlotte.


LaWana Mayfield and Pam Wideman describe some of the tools available to the city to ensure that more Charlotte residents are in safe housing they can pay for.


City program with area partners is retraining adults with barriers to employment.


“Chatty Hattie” Leeper, trailblazing black woman in Charlotte radio, remembers days at WGIV radio.


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.

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.


Three women whose organizations are serving the elderly.


Four staffers describe programs to help children. All need volunteers to achieve their goals.


Terri Joelle portrays Queen Charlotte as a tour guide and teacher of local and royal history


Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe presented a program on how single-payer, or Medicare for all, could work.


Gibbie Harris outlines the path forward for the Mecklenburg County Health Department.


Emmanuel “Manny” Ohonme’s big break started with a pair of shoes. Now he’s giving back.


Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler explains Exodus Foundation’s mentoring work with former inmates.


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.

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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics


At-large Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell offered an update on a variet\y of city programs, mostly turning on economic development.


Six women serving as judges on the Mecklenburg bench discuss their roles, their joy in their work, and how they cope with the stresses of that work.


Three who serve in local government positions discuss how they work to encourage others to do so.


Toni Tupponce and Candice Rorie outlined how the metropolitan area sets its longterm transportation project goals.


Spencer Merriweather introduced himself as Mecklenburg’s new District Attorney and made some news.


Carlenia Ivory talks about what she has learned during her months of service representing District 2 on Charlotte City Council.


Rep. Rodney Moore discussed need to form “common agenda” among local, state bodies to address community issues.


Commissioner Pat Cotham comments on need for local governments to work together.


Appointed Council member Carlenia Ivory answers questions about whether she is prepared to serve on city committees


Toni Tupponce engages the public in long-range transportation planning. She shares advice on how to help influence those decisions.


Philip Freeman, left, and Tommy Burch share information on the city’s Neighborhood Matching Grants Program.


City Manager Marcus Jones presented an overview of his budget, which went to City Council May 1.


Jay Privette presents the case against current construction of toll lanes on I-77, and system that may add such lanes elsewhere in Mecklenburg.


U.S. Rep. Alma Adams asserted setback after setback as the GOP-dominated Congress goes to work.


N.C. Sen. Joel Ford reported on legislative action on HB2, defended using compromise to achieve some progress


Two grandparents make a pitch for a carbon tax to sustain Earth for future generations.


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.

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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots


Six of 10 speakers at an Open Forum are involved in the May 8 or November election cycles.


Sarah Stevenson announces that the Forum will not hold candidate forums before the May 8 primary.


A millennial asks the perfect post-election question – and prompts two similar answers.


Three candidates in the Nov. 7 election offered thank-yous and comments at the Nov. 14 Forum.


Results from Charlotte city and CMS school board races.


Vi Lyles presented her case for election as Charlotte Mayor and answered questions.


Candidates for contested district seats on Charlotte City Council


Four candidates for Charlotte City Council and one District 2 candidate.


School board candidates in Districts 2, 4, 5 and 6 presented and answered questions.


Eight candidates vying for two CMS board district seats answer questions at the Forum.


Election results from first Charlotte Municipal primary.


Newcomers, job-switchers and perennial candidates attended last candidate Forum before primary.


Constance Johnson, Vi Lyles and Jennifer Roberts discussed issues in the Charlotte Mayor Democratic primary.


Candidates for Charlotte City Council at-large seats.


GOP primaries in Council District 6 and for Charlotte mayor.


Candidates in the District 2 and District 4 City Council primaries spoke and answered questions.


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.

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Candidates & Ballots