Sarah Stevenson announced that the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum will be among the honorees at Johnson C. Smith University’s 7th Annual Arch of Triumph Gala black-tie fundraiser to be held Saturday, April 11 at the Convention Center. As of Tuesday afternoon, four of the 20 $175 tickets at Stevenson’s tables remained available. To purchase, call Doris Burns at 704-378-1020. Invitation here. Honorees here. More info here.
Tommie Robinson announced that the exhibit of his art will remain open for free viewing at the Latibah Collard Green Museum, 720 Tuckaseegee Rd. through April 15.
Trymaine Gaither announced that the Be the Match organization will now be in Charlotte on May 2 to collect cheek swabs for a database of potential bone marrow donors to assist patients with leukemia and sickle cell disease. Collection venue is yet to be set. Info on Be the Match here.
Sean Gautam announced the Mayor’s International Community Awards ceremony on May 5 at Booth Playhouse uptown.
Arnold Tyler announced that the Soul Food Festival will be held Saturday, May 30 at the Route 29 pavilion, 5660 Sandusky Blvd. in Concord. He said he was looking for the best cooks of fried chicken, collard greens, mac and cheese and sweet potatoes. Flier here. Website here.
Jamila Freelain announced that her Encouraging Words academic consulting practice will be holding college tours next week to Fayetteville State University and to the CPCC Harris Campus. Program details here. FSU trip details here and CPCC trip details here.
Elyse Dashew announced that she, Dorothy Counts-Scoggins, Steve Crump and the UNCC Center City School of Education are preparing a free event called “The Swann Song,” a discussion and recognition of the Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education decision. The event will be held Tuesday, May 5 from 5-7:30 p.m. at the UNCC Center City Building, 320 E. 9th St. Register here. Flyer here.
Blanche Penn announced that the Senior Games will be held in May and the Silver Fox Cheerleaders will participate. A video from their recent presentation to a DSS conference at the Sheraton is here.
Carlton Gabriel announced a “Unity in the Community” event to be held Saturday May 2 at the United House of Prayer for All People at 2321 Beatties Ford Rd. More information next week.
Carlenia Ivory announced that meetings would begin next week to plan a 90th birthday celebration for Sarah Stevenson on Oct. 26. Proceeds from the event will support an exchange year to Johnson C. Smith University by two students from South Africa.
Carlenia Ivory announced Tommie Robinson’s birthday. Video here.
Charles Thomas announced a free Impact3 Demo Day presentation for the Queen City Forward’s current class of 7 entrepreneurs, on Thursday, May 21 from 5-8 p.m. at Johnson & Wales University, 801 W. Trade St. Reservations here.
Fran Moore sent in a link to her book “A United States Citizen Opinion.”
Robert Dawkins sent in an announcement that Carolyn Millen’s resignation opens a seat on the Citizens’ Review Board. This group that reviews police actions meets the second and fourth Tuesdays as needed at 4 p.m. at the Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St. Online application for the position may be filled in here.
Robert Dawkins sent in an invitation to join a conference call with Rep. Rodney Moore on his racial profiling bill, on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m. by dialing 712-775-7031 and using ID number 543—340-846. Details here.
Robert Dawkins announced that he would be honored Saturday, April 11 in Raleigh at the Black Workers for Justice 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Support for Labor Banquet. Details here.
LaWana Mayfield sent in a copy of her March 26 newsletter.
Lee Cauble sent in an announcement of a $2 Mini Chef event focused on “Fun Parfait” for children “getting messy while following recipes and creating healthy foods” on Thursday, April 9 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd. Reservations at 704-432-3048.
Joie Cook sent in an invitation to A Hero’s Ball on Saturday, May 16. at Hope Haven Conference Center, 3815 N. Tryon St. Free jobs fair noon-4 p.m. Dinner tickets $40 here. Website here. Facebook here. Flier here. Proceeds benefit women’s health programs at VA Hospital Salisbury.
Sharon Holm sent in an announcement of a Gantt After Dark program on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. featuring artist Nellie Ashford, jazz trombonist Ivan Hall, Angela Strothers and Daryl Rice. Details here. RSVP here.
Greg Schermbeck sent in an announcement that Council for Children’s Rights and Arts & Science Council will hold a screening of “Spiral Bound” on Friday April 17 at 6 p.m. at Myers Park High School Theatre. The documentary focuses on students in the Studio 345 program and the benefits of Arts in after school programs. All proceeds will go to the Arts & Science Council and Council for Children’s Rights. The Juan Taco food truck will be there to provide food. To boost attendance, the groups are offering free tickets here. Those willing to pay ($6.17 with service fee) for tickets can purchase them here. The Spiral Bound movie trailer is here.
Joyce Waddell sent in a copy of her March 31 newsletter.
Joel Ford sent in a copy of his March 31 newsletter.View the
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.
Malcolm Graham describes the Indaba or “meeting of the elders” on Sept. 12-13 at J.C. Smith, focusing on parental engagement in the West Trade/Beatties Ford corridor.
Gyasi Foluke with a theory on how to implement community change in the African-American community
Parents and education: An Open Forum discussion of who’s responsible when Johnny can’t read, or doesn’t behave.
Megan Boler and Zachary Denard introduce the League of Conservation Voters.
Making Change Happen in the African-American community. An Open Forum discussion.
Council member Vi Alexander Lyles addresses gentrification issue in Charlotte.
University Park residents oppose city rezoning for motel
“Lived Black History”: Forum participants share stories of the pain, indignities—and coping—of life under segregation.
Joyce Waddell portrayed Harriet Tubman in Underground Railroad skit at Wallace Pruitt Rec Center.
President Obama offers comments on Trayvon Martin verdict.
The Kinsey Collection, art and artifacts of the African-American experience, opens June 29 at the Gantt Center.
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.
Thomas Hanley describes the goals of Commonwealth High, a charter set to open in August.
Open Forum on testing at West Charlotte, on a Black Summit, on educating a captive audience.
Supt. Heath Morrison discusses CMS budget and impact on CMS of proposals before the legislature.
Sandra Conway and Elyse Dashew spearhead a letterwriting and petition drive to fully fund the CMS budget.
West Charlotte High School Global Perspective Studies proposed by first-year teachers Rachel Scott and Paige Laurain.
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.
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.
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.
Rodney Moore offers an update on an anti-racial profiling civil liberties bill he is committed to in the N.C. General Assembly.
Craig Winegardner and Sharon Hudson make case against I-77 toll lanes.
Rep. Rodney Moore offers a thank-you for support during the recently ended legislative session.
Marc Friedland outlines work in front of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party that he now chairs.
Sen. Malcolm Graham and Sen. Joel Ford collaborate on an update of legislative action.
Warren Cooksey discusses HOT lanes on I-77 as part of a DOT 101 presentation.
Joel Ford raises concerns about MBE participation rate at the N.C. Department of Transportation.
Joel Ford along with Rodney Moore and Malcolm Graham offered a Raleigh Report.
Trevor Fuller on November referendum to increase sales tax, chiefly to pay for a teacher salary boost.
Trevor Fuller on county budget and fall referendum on sales tax hike to boost teacher pay.
Judge Theo Nixon comments on changes in N.C. law related to fracking and resale of guns used in crimes.
Randy Harrington leads a presentation on the Charlotte operating budget and community investment plan.
County Manager Dena Diorio on the current budget process.
Dan Clodfelter asks for support the day before he begins an appointive term as Charlotte mayor.
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.
Lucy Inman, for 4 years a Superior Court judge, is running for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Primary Election results in Mecklenburg.
Primary candidates Vince Coakley, Curtis Osborne, Antoine Ensley, Dondhi Burrell. Special election candidates Amelia Stinson-Wesley, Darrell Bonapart.