Recently at the Forum

Announcements

From 8-13-2019 Meeting

Natheley McElrath announced that Goodwill Industries does free training for construction and other jobs. No appointment necessary. Details here.

Jackie Edwards Walton announced that the Belmont CDC would hold a back-to-school event Aug. 23, 3-5 p.m., Belmont Center, 700 Parkwood Ave. Info: Carlene Greene at 704-379-7471.

Larken Egleston announced that early voting for the Sept. 10 city primary begins Aug. 21. Details here.

Keiba Young announced that First in Families has backpacks for special needs children and their siblings. Contact Young by phone 704-536-6661 Ext. 437 or by e-mail.

Upcoming events
Aug. 18: Ivy Hall Foundation 15th Year Reception, 4-7 p.m.
Aug. 18: Charlotte Day at Freedom Park. More info here and here.
Aug. 19: Women’s Equality Day celebration, 5:30-8 p.m., Science Building at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd.
Aug. 22: LaWana Mayfield campaign fund-raiser.
Aug. 24: Belk Charity Sale. See Blanche Penn for $5 tickets supporting the Silver Fox Cheerleaders.
Aug. 24: Alma Adams’ Mad Hatter Luncheon.
Aug. 27: Alma Adams listening session.
Aug. 28: Peer Support Day in Raleigh.
Aug. 31: Sickle Cell Run/Walk, 8 a.m., videos one two.
Sept. 4: Community Resource Fair, County Courthouse. See Jessica Davis for a table.
Sept. 7: HBCU Day at West Charlotte High, 12-3 p.m.
Sept. 19: NC Grant Professionals Association Regional Conference. Register here.
Sept. 19: EmpowHERment Summit, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Butler High School.
Sept. 28: 12th District Military Service Academy Day.
July 13-18: Winners Plus Agency party trip to Tunica casinos.

News & Handouts
Alma Adams 8-14 8-16
Carla Cunningham
Elyse Dashew 8-9    8-16
Renee Perkins Johnson
Nasif Majeed
Chad Stachowicz
Joyce Waddell

Profound Gentlemen

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Community Matters

7-9-2019

Brandon Lunsford shared Johnson C. Smith University’s interest in becoming an archive for West End Charlotte historical documents.

6-25-2019

Dr. Debra C. Smith recounts the development of a publishing project telling the stories of women who served Charlotte during the civil rights era.

6-18-2019

DeAlva Wilson, left, presented at a session on redevelopment plans for the demolished Eastland Mall site.

6-11-2019

Jessica Davis, left, and James Mitchell helped guide a Forum discussion of the future of the Historic Excelsior Club on Beatties Ford Road.

5-28-2019

The decision to forgive the man who took his brother’s life set John C Barnett on a course of advocacy.

5-7-2019

Derek Webber recounted his efforts to keep his company’s Battle of the Bands in Charlotte, only to leave for Houston.

4-30-2019

Lucille Puckett, left, and others raised community issues for discussion at Tuesday’s Forum.

4-16-2019

Mayor Vi Lyles, left, City Manager Marcus Jones and CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney answer questions about release of video of police shooting.

4-2-2019

Ervin Bryson introduced his Carolina Energy arena football team and invited the public to attend games and get to know the team better.

3-19-2019

Debbie Giibbs, left, and Tonya Rivens comment on the early days of local television news broadcasting.

3-12-2019

Jan Valder, left, Martha Alexander, Sara Spencer and Mary Klenz described their efforts to move causes forward, and to support one another.

3-5-2019

Keysha Walker Taylor outlined the investments being made by the African American Community Foundation in Charlotte’s black community.

2-12-2019

Ken Lemon, left, Brittney Johnson and Dedrick Russell explain the work of the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists.

2-6-2019

Jesse Cureton described his life from its beginnings in Southside Homes to the C-suite at Novant Health. Cureton talked about the One Charlotte project, and how Novant is finding ways to support the people left behind in a constantly upscaling city.

1-8-2019

City Council member James Mitchell offers his view of why Charlotte lost the CIAA tournament.

12-18-2018

A few moments from the 2018 Christmas Party.

11-27-2018

Winston Robinson suggests a westside history museum focused on African-Americans’ contributions to Charlotte.

10-2-2018

A panel led by District Attorney Spencer Merriweather discussed the vision for a Mecklenburg-wide Family Support Center to assist victims of domestic violence.

10-2-2018

Ken Koontz reports on his national holiday, proving that even levity at the Forum may be aimed at a good cause.

8-14-2018

Kerr Putney, left, and Willie Ratchford asked Forum participants to help them reach small community groups who might be assisted in their work by the second phase of the city’s micro-grant program.

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Community Affairs

Education

7-23-2019

A large crowd, including longtime educator Ceretha Sherrill, left, contributed to a discussion of issues still to be dealt with after the resignation of CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox.

7-16-2019

CMS Board Vice Chair Elyse Dashew read a lawyer vetted statement about the suspension of CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox.

7-8-2019

Greg Schermberg sent in a video about his company’s efforts to support family nights at two nearby schools.

7-2-2019

Crystal Rountree introduces herself, and a more diverse Teach For America corps now operating in CMS schools.

6-17-2019

Details here on free summer meals in some CMS schools and elsewhere.

4-9-2019

Janet Harmon and Cory Pharr outlined Smart Start early childhood initiatives, and the new Meck Basics program aimed at growing brains aged 0-3.

4-2-2019

Monika Rhue shared plans for a Johnson C. Smith University exhibit on the history of the Beatties Ford Road corridor now undergoing substantial change.

2-26-2019

Dr. Diane Bowles from JCSU discusses books published by the university.

1-22-2019

Vakala explains a theory of “cultural strategy” that he is developing.

12-4-2018

Munro Richardson reviews communitywide efforts to help struggling readers.

11-13-2018

Three speakers added their perspectives on how to wrap children in what they need to thrive

8-22-2018

Clarence D. Armbrister, recently named president of Johnson C. Smith University, set out his goals for the HBCU.

8-7-2018

Teddy McDaniel explains Urban League training initiatives and reaches out for help filling the group’s classes.

4-10-2018

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

1-9-2018

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

12-12-2017

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

9-26-2017

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

8-1-2017

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

7-11-2017

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

6-6-2017

Four people presented material on upcoming summer camps for youth.

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Education

Housing & Workplace

6-25-2019

Marvin Kelly described Goodwill Industries’ training and other missions and answered questions.

6-25-2019

Constance Lav Johnson completed part of a presentation on grantwriting and fundraising.

6-4-2019

Michael Norman is using his electrical contractor business to give young people a chance for a steady job.

9-13-2018

Karen Kovach, left, and Juanita Miller explained Changed Choices’ work with women returning from jail or prison.

8-1-2018

Dr. Tonnia Thomas has a nonprofit ready to train people to work in hazardous waste and environmental cleanup projects.

7-24-2018

David Sharp, left, joined Patrick Cannon in a discussion of how Sharp’s firms are funneling capital to entrepreneurs who are building businesses.

3-20-2018

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

1-16-2018

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.

11-14-2017

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

5-23-2017

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

3-28-2017

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.

3-7-2017

Rachelle Latimer describes highway contracting work as a difficult business that can be daunting for newcomers.

11-15-2016

Patrick Graham, new CEO of Charlotte Works, and his team outlined work of the local workforce development board.

8-30-2016

Leaders from Goodwill and Urban Ministry Center explain their work to help people move toward job success, better health, secure housing.

6-21-2016

Fulton Meachem and Ken Szymanski, representing two powerful housing interests, discuss affordable housing opportunities in Charlotte.

4-5-2016

Jason (Jet) Jones brought his teacher (Maria Macon), his singing, his videos and his enthusiasm for an entrepreneurial approach to the world.

3-22-2016

Bonita Caldwell, president of Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens, shared approaches to business leadership.

2-2-2016

Juanita Miller, left, Carolyn Logan and Ken Koontz discussed making their way in organizations once closed to African-Americans.

1-5-2016

Urban League CEO Dr. Patrick Graham on how League works inside for progress.

7-28-2015

Entrepreneurial business owners and executives share some of their experiences.

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Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.

5-14-2019

Malcolm Graham, left, led a panel discussing ways to move public opinion toward giving all people more protection from gun violence.

3-26-2019

Sonja Chisolm, left, Avice Pretty and Dr. Trasha Black are helping their clients rebuild their lives.

1-29-2019

Robin Tolliver-Ayotunde offered a primer on basic insurance concepts, and promoted looking at options annually.

7-13-2018

Blood donations help patients like Robert White manage sickle cell disease. More donations are needed.

5-29-2018

Fostoria Pierson and other members of Blue Star Mothers talk about the sacrifices made by military families, and how the organization allows them to support one another.

5-15-2018

Panel discusses how science now understands the linkage between adverse childhood experiences and both behavioral and physical challenges among those children.

3-6-2018

Three women whose organizations are serving the elderly.

2-20-2018

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

1-23-2018

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

9-19-2017

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

7-18-2017

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

6-13-2017

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

5-9-2017

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

11-1-2016

Nakisa Glover reports on conference on revitalizing environmentally vulnerable communities.

10-11-2016

Longtime broadcaster Bea Thompson describes the work of Inner Vision, a mental health nonprofit.

6-28-2016

Latasha McIlwaine, left, and two other health service providers addressed the Forum.

5-17-2016

Elana Congress discussed health programs at Care Ring; Eric Montgomery discussed estate planning.

4-27-2016

Debra Weeks led an update on rebuilding the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

4-14-2016

Charlotte Post covers latest developments in revival of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.

3-29-2016

Participants pulled off a total surprise for the guy usually behind the camera as they celebrated Steve Johnston’s 69th birthday.

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Health & Etc.

Government & Politics

7-16-2019

Zhivi Williams, left, and Dr. Yolanda Holmes reported on efforts to overcome lack of diversity and resources on the Women’s Advisory Board to fulfill a role of advising Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

6-25-2019

Vilma Leake was invited to address the Forum.

5-21-2019

County Manager reviewed major planks of her proposed budget on which Commissioners will begin taking straw votes next week.

2-19-2019

During his Feb. 19 Forum presentation, Sheriff McFadden made a specific suggestion of how congregations could help support people leaving detention.

2-19-2019

George Dunlap, left and Garry McFadden discuss Mecklenburg issues.

9-25-2018

Jean Leier and Warren Cooksey offered an update on the I-77 express lanes and other toll roads in North Carolina.

9-18-2018

Fire Chief Reginald Johnson, left, joined Mayor Vi Lyles and Community Relations Director Willie Ratchford in discussing the city’s response to Hurricane Florence. Forum members made suggestions for additional improvements in emergency response.

8-28-2018

Stacey Carless, left, and Adam Sotak reviewed how the results of the 2020 Census will affect the funding for government programs.

7-10-2018

CMPD’s Shawn Ward helped Forum participants wrestle with a few of the issues facing police officers as they serve the community.

6-26-2018

Kareem Puranda suggests that all police officers go through mental health training, in the name of a better, more sensitized police force.

6-19-2018

Lisa Crawford presented the details of how turning your driver’s license into a federally approved REAL ID will save time at airports in 2020.

6-12-2018

City staff brought to the Forum by Council member Greg Phipps faced a range of questions about city’s budget.

5-22-2018

Trial Court Administrator Charleston Carter.

4-3-2018

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

3-13-2018

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.

2-27-2018

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

1-30-2018

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

12-5-2017

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

11-21-2017

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

8-22-2017

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

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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots

8-13-2019

Mark Vincent, left, and others involved in the City Council primaries in District 5 and 7 made presentations and answered questions.

8-6-2019

Lucillle Puckett, left, and three other Democrats spoke at a Forum focused on the Charlotte Mayor primary.

7-30-2019

Larken Egleston, left, and Sean Smith squared off in the City Council District 1 Democratic primary race. Jessica Davis and Malcolm Graham were the two candidates present in the District 2 primary race.

11-7-2018

Unofficial results from voting in Mecklenburg County.

10-30-2018

Three of the six candidates for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor discuss the advisory body’s work.

10-9-2018

Judicial candidates who have opponents on the November ballot spoke. At left is Judge Ty Hands, who is not on the ballot this year.

5-8-2018

Election results from Primary 2018.

5-1-2018

Three May 8 primary candidates for the 12th District U.S. House seat, two in the Democratic primary and one in the Republican primary, answer questions.

4-17-2018

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

1-30-2018

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

11-14-2017

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

11-14-2017

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

11-7-2017

Results from Charlotte city and CMS school board races.

10-31-2017

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

10-24-2017

Candidates for contested district seats on Charlotte City Council

10-17-2017

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

10-10-2017

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

10-3-2017

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

9-12-2017

Election results from first Charlotte Municipal primary.

9-5-2017

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

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Candidates & Ballots