Recently at the Forum


From 1-9-2018 Meeting

Bruce Clark announced a $60,000 program accelerator through Digital Charlotte that aims to give nonprofit staffers the skills they need to increase digital literacy among the people they serve. Grant applications begin here; application deadline is Jan. 17.

Kim Ratliff announced U.S. Rep. Alma Adams’ State of the District presentation on Thursday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at UNCC Center City, 320 E. 9th St. Flier here. RSVP here.

Victor Mack announced a presentation by Dr. Paul Gorski for a community forum on “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap” to be held Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at Harris Alumni Center on the UNCC campus. All activities Feb. 13-14 free and open to the public; details here.

Victor Mack sent in save-the-dates for upcoming sessions sponsored by UNCC. They are:

Feb. 3: Child-Centered Play Therapy: A Day of Practicing. Info here.

Feb. 19: Spring Writing Conference. Info here.

March 2: National History Day for Middle and High School Students. Info here.

March 10: The Julia Robinson Mathematics and Computing Festival for Middle School Girls. Info here.

April 18: Teacher-to-Teacher Conference. Info here.

To prevent identity theft but to share a remark that prompted a roomful of laughter, let it just be said that a local pastor rose, saying: “Today is my 50th birthday and I will be accepting well-wishes all day.”

Yolanda Holmes announced that West Mecklenburg High’s “Invest in the West” initiative seeks for its Instagram page photos from visits by supporting organizations doing work at West Meck, and will soon be needing testing proctors.

Louise Woods announced that the League of Women Voters would Tuesday night ask the school board to re-establish its Equity Committee, and to act now to address inequities spotlighted in a recent but undated League report.

Malcolm Graham announced that he would give the MLK Holiday keynote address for Union County on Monday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Wingate University.

Ceretha Sherrill announced the annual MLK breakfast on Monday, Jan. 15 at 8 a.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center. Details here.

Christopher Dennis announced a Black Political Caucus panel discussion on “The ‘Politics’ of Black Economics in Charlotte” on Thursday Jan. 25 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beatties Ford Rd. Flier here.

Jessica Davis announced “Court College” about local courts and the law, a seven-week program beginning Jan. 30. Fee $25. Application deadline Jan. 12. Details here. Application here or here.

Carlenia Ivory announced that the MLK Day wreath-laying will occur Monday, Jan. 15 following the Convention Center breakfast. The ceremony will be held in Marshall Park. A free CMS event honoring children will follow the wreath-laying at CPCC Elizabeth campus.

Sarah Stevenson asked for volunteers to help her convince the city to find additional ways to honor the late Julius Chambers. “That’ll be my last, well maybe not (laughter). I’m just going to go as long as I can…. Don’t let ‘em forget me when I’m gone, OK?”

Gwen High sent in an invitation to volunteer at a Samaritan’s Feet shoe distribution on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Stoney Creek Elementary, 114015 Mallard Roost Rd. Volunteers needed 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Details here. Brochure here.

Dena Diorio sent in her Jan. 8 Board Bulletin.

Joyce Waddell sent in a comment about judicial redistricting in the N.C. Senate.

Karine Apollon sent in the Jan. 11 Reading Partners newsletter.

Tiffany Johnson sent in a flier with details of the Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance mentor mingle on Thursday, Jan. 11 from 6-8 p.m. at Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St.; and their awards gala on Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6-8 p.m. at the Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.

DonnaMarie Woodson sent in an announcement of an 89th birthday celebration for the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. at Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church, 3435 Nevin Rd. Flier here.

Monika Rhue sent in an announcement of a Black History Month community celebration on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 2-4 p.m. at the Johnson C. Smith University library. Donation $10 requested. RSVP here. Flier here. Details here and here.

Patrice Funderburg sent in a flier about the free “New Jim Crow Winter Dialogue Series” to be held Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. from Jan. 11-Feb. 15 at the West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd. Register here.

Patrice Funderburg sent in a flier about an emerging leaders training on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Grace on Brevard, 219 S. Brevard St. Apply here.

Helen Kimbrough sent in an announcement of a Reading Partners push to locate 100 volunteers in 100 days. Details here. Flier here.

Joel Ford sent in a copy of his Jan. 12 newsletter.

View the
Announcements Archive

Community Matters


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.


Dr. Yolanda Holmes and her children Brooke and Darrell present a reflection on black history.


CIAA Commissioner Jacquie McWilliams made a presentation about the upcoming CIAA tournament in Charlotte.


Nakisa Glover presented a program on how to engage young adults in longstanding community issues. Four CMPD community police officers joined the Q&A.


Tiffany Capers from the Charlotte Post Foundation presented material shared at Black LIves Matter Charlotte presentations.


Willie Ratchford led groups through a discussion of race, police relations, and how the community needs to change.


Two Forum regulars spotlighted in Observer’s annual “Thank You” feature.


Natheley McElrath was MC as the Forum cast aside its serious ways for a morning of song and holiday celebration.

View the Archives for
Community Affairs



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.


Charles Thomas of the Knight Foundation and Sharon Harrington of Reading Partners discuss upcoming work.

View the Archives for

Housing & Workplace


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.

Young Entrepreneurs Network

The Young Entrepreneurs Network is helping young business owners learn the ropes.

View the Archives for
Housing & Workplace

Health & Etc.


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.


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.

View the Archives for
Health & Etc.

Government & Politics


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.


The Community Relations Committee’s Crisis Response Sub-Committee reported on work to rework the rules for community crisis response and to become “a comprehensive alternative sentencing body for Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officers.”


Delores Johnson Hurt explained the work of the League of Women Voters.


Police Chief Kerr Putney and Officer J.D. Williams explained efforts to educate all about how to handle police stops.


Presenters explained a Charlotte survey on the city’s tree canopy, and the reach and limitations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

View the Archives for
Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots


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.


Candidate for N.C. Lieutenant Governor, Linda Coleman, was among the state, federal and judicial candidates presenting at the Forum.


Vonnie Brown, Eric Erickson and Lisa Rudisill are candidates for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor.

View the Archives for
Candidates & Ballots