Next week: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.
Sarah Stevenson issued a challenge to her friends to help her raise $11,000 by Aug. 9 to support the first semester at Johnson C. Smith University for two students from South Africa whom she met two years ago. Video of Stevenson’s appeal and donation details here.
Elyse Dashew announced “Does Isolation Matter? Choosing a Covenant Community, a discussion and call to action on student assignment and resegregation,” to be held Monday, Aug. 24 from 5-6:30 p.m. at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 E. 5th St. RSVP here. Details here.
Colette Forrest announced an early vote kick-off rally on Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 6-7 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd. Flier here.
Levester Flowers announced a kick-off for his school board campaign for Sunday Aug. 16 from 4-6 p.m. at Wilmore Community Center, 501 West Blvd. Palm card here.
Blanche Penn announced that National Night Out will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.
Janet Cowell sent in a link to an News & Observer article outlining a bipartisan proposal for legislation to create a Venture Multiplier Fund that would create venture capital funding for early-stage and smaller private-sector businesses.
Sharon Holm sent in an announcement of “The Confederate Flag: A Symbol Divided featuring activist Bree Newsome” on Friday, July 30 at the Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St. Details here. Tickets ($10 for nonmembers) here.
Jane Whitley sent in an announcement of the annual Doris Cromartie Fundraiser Gala honoring former U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins, on Thursday, Aug. 20 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Carolina Golf Club, 2415 Old Steele Creek Rd. Details here.
Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that Cornel West will headline the 3rd Annual Gantt Symposium on Thursday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Details here.
Gerri Cummings sent in an announcement of a “State of the Plate” assessment and focus group on what people actually eat in various parts of Charlotte. Focus group is Thursday, July 30 from 6-7:40 p.m. at the HealthPlex at Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. Details here.
Dena Diorio sent in her July 27 Board Bulletin.
Justin Harlow and Larken Egleston sent in an announcement that the Young Democrats of N.C. and Young Dems of Mecklenburg County will hold a Gantt-Watt reception on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 7-10 p.m. at Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St. Tickets and details here.View the
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 Mirian 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.