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July 22, 2013

The scribe was absent. These announcements were e-mailed in:

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Dena Diorio sent in a copy of her July 21 Board Bulletin.

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Harvey Boyd sent in a link to The Gist of Freedom: Preserving American History through Black Literature”, an audio podcast that includes a history of the Crestdale community in Matthews.

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LaWana Mayfield’s July 17 newsletter includes an invitation to a dedication of the West Tyvola Road Sidewalk Project at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at the northwest corner of Shady Lane and West Tyvola Road.

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Kim Roseboro sent in a flier about Impact Afterschool Academy and Teens Together Afterschool Club.

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Henk Jonker sent in a request for financial support during his ride during the 24 Hours of Booty fund-raiser on July 25-26 in Myers Park.

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Colette Forrest sent in an announcement of a fundraiser sponsored by James Ferguson II and Arthur Griffin for the Clerk of Superior Court campaign of Elisa Chinn Gary on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Club, 921 Beatties Ford Rd.

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The League of Women Voters sent in an invitation to a celebration of the passage of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, 1920, the celebration to be held Tuesday, Aug. 26 at 6:15 p.m. at the Midwood International & Cultural Center Auditorium, 1817 Central Ave.

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Joel Ford shared an invitation to Energize Charlotte from 2-6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 12 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Details here.

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Sylvia Grier sent in an announcement that T.O.U.C.H.E.D. and Genesis Project Family Wellness Center are asking the community for donations of school supplies for the 2nd Annual Back to School Jamboree Basketball and Kickball Tournament from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21 at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 Sugar Creek Rd. Details here.

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Sharon Holm sent in an announcement that the Harvey B. Gantt Center will host its annual GanttFest! from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at the Center. Admission free to members, $5 for nonmembers. Details here.




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Since donations began: $1,379.95

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Community affairs

6-17-14 Megan Boler, right, and Zachary Denard introduce the League of Conservation Voters.

4-1-14 Council member Vi Alexander Lyles addresses gentrification issue in Charlotte.

2-18-14 Joyce Waddell portrayed Harriet Tubman in Underground Railroad skit at Wallace Pruitt Rec Center.

2-18-14 "Lived Black History": Forum participants share stories of the pain, indignities – and coping – of life under segregation.

7-19-13 President Obama speaks about pain, uncertainty and opportunity in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict.

6-25-13 Khalil Kinsey previews the exhibition of artifacts from 400 years of African-American history, running July-October at the Gantt Museum.

5-7-13 Dr. Gyasi Foluke comments on African Americans' need for group pressure politics.

3-12-13 Toni Tupponce on A Sign of the Times in concert March 29-30 at West Charlotte.

2-19-13 Karen Gipson reports on the MLK Prayer Breakfast held Jan. 21 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

2-19-13 Dianna Davis promotes African American Festival on Feb. 23-24 at Independence High.

2-19-13 Blanche Penn previews her portrayal in the Underground Railroad exhibit at the Pruitt Rec Center.

1-14-13 A listing of MLK holiday events for the City of Charlotte, beginning with wreath-laying.

12-4-12 A Kwanzaa schedule of events for Charlotte, passed on by Vivian Mitchell.

12-4-12 LaWana Mayfield on city action to prevent a possible afterschool program shutdown in June.

 9-6-12 Dan Murrey offers alternate viewing sites for DNC acceptance speech..

8-28-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke responds to the death of Khalil Malik Cousart, 13.

8-21-12 Police Chief Rodney Monroe on DNC security preparations.

8-14-12 Mayor Anthony Foxx on DNC, capital needs, growth, homelessness and his own political future.

8-7-12 Ben Carroll of Coalition to March on Wall Street South.

7-31-12 A'Shanti Gholar, DNC coordinator of public engagement.

7-24-12 Democrat NC's Robert Dawkins, Zaina Alsous and Stefan Weathers on get-out-the-vote efforts.

6-5-12 A recap of the day's discussion about how Charlotte celebrates the MLK holiday.

6-5-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke's article arguing for a commemoration, not celebration, of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr.

4-10-12 City Council members make case for public subsidies of uptown baseball.

2-28-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke outlines "A Scheme Beyond the Dream" of Martin Luther King Jr.

2-14-12 Community groups outline their work.

2-7-12 An update on the Democratic National Convention.

1-16-12 Sarah Stevenson figures in news coverage of the MLK holiday.


See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.


6-17-14 Velma Love describes the Lee Thompson Young Foundation's aims to improve public awareness of mental health issues.

4-15-14 Leon Burton, right, 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.

3-4-14 T.D. Elder, left, and Lillian Herron recall their years of nursing in Mecklenburg amid racism. 

3-19-13 Six experts describe a System of Care that has improved mental health interventions for children in crisis in Mecklenburg.

3-19-13 Whitni Wilson-Wertz outlines Junior League's work on mental and physical health for youth.

2-19-13 Lucy Bush Carter: Veggies from mobile market at Transit Center can go on EBT cards.

1-15-13 Ursula Douglas describes the Nurse-Family Partnership at Care Ring, the former Community Health Services.

12-11-12 Beverly Irby on how health care reform is changing the financing of health care for the poor.

5-15-12 Health care by single-payer plan was explained by Malyn Pratt and Health Care for All Charlotte.

3-6-12 Sickle cell and related diseases: A bookshelf of readings.

1-24-12 Anuvia staffers Carolina Bonilla and Jenny Wade outline the treatment center's work.


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6-17-14 Vi Lyles comments on issues at stake in Kay Hagan's U.S. Senate re-election effort.

5-20-14 Lucy Inman, for 4 years a Superior Court judge, is running for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.

3-18-14 Primary election season has begun. Here's an index to candidates who addressed the Forum.

Harry Jones11-26-13 Harry Jones interviewed by the Observer after Forum about running for county commission. 

9-3-13 Democratic mayoral candidates.

8-28-13 Edwin Peacock, right, and Dennis Peterson make a case for a big-tent GOP.

10-23-12 Congress hopefuls in the 9th and 12th Districts.

10-23-12 Soil commissioner hopeful Doug Hanks addresses questions about his postings on white supremacist web forum.

10-16-12 District Court judge candidates.

10-2-12 County commissioner at-large, N.C. Senate.

9-25-12 N.C. House candidates.

9-18-12 N.C. Senate hopefuls.

5-1-12 District Court judge candidates facing May 8 primaries.

4-24-12 N.C. Senate District 38 primary candidates.

4-17-12 N.C. House candidates.

4-10-12 County and U.S. House candidates in primaries.

4-3-12 County commissioner district candidates in primaries.


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Government, Politics

7-8-14 Joel Ford, right, along with Rodney Moore and Malcolm Graham offered a Raleigh Report.

7-1-14 Trevor Fuller on November referendum to increase sales tax, chiefly to pay for a teacher salary boost.

6-17-14 Judge Theo Nixon comments on changes in N.C. law related to fracking and resale of guns used in crimes.

6-17-14 Trevor Fuller on county budget and fall referendum on sales tax hike to boost teacher pay.

5-27-14 Randy Harrington, left, leads a presentation on the Charlotte operating budget and community investment plan.

5-13-14 County Manager Dena Diorio on the current budget process.

4-8-14 Dan Clodfelter asks for support the day before he begins an appointive term as Charlotte mayor.

3-18-14 Hagan Senate campaign political director Douglas Wilson assesses the campaign.

Trevor Fuller1-14-14 Trevor Fuller discusses leadership changes on the Mecklenburg County board.

9-17-13 Rep. Becky Carney: Recent protests prove that public opinion drives public policy.

5-7-13 Rep. Rodney Moore offers a view of how Democrats can return to power in Raleigh by 2018.

4-23-13 City Council member James Mitchell, left,  and Beatties Ford Road property owner Paul Holmes discuss Beatties Ford Road widening.

4-9-13 Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon announces that he's considering a run for Charlotte mayor.

2-19-13 Becky Carney's Raleigh Report, sent in by Colette Forrest. 

1-22-13 N.C. Rep. Kelly Alexander on literacy tests for voting, Republican control of N.C. government, Art Pope and more.

12-11-12 Malachi Greene in defense of the Democratic Party. "We will prevail...we've been through these troughs."

11-20-12 N.C. Rep. Martha Alexander's post-election comments.

11-13-12 LaWana Mayfield: "We need to hear from the community." 

11-13-12 Harold Cogdell on "polarizing state of our nation."

11-13-12 Sen.-elect Joel Ford on what's ahead in Raleigh.

 9-25-12 N.C. Sen. Charlie Dannelly: An Appreciation by Dan Clodfelter.

6-19-12 City Council members discuss budget impasse.

6-5-12 Michael Barnes responds to an Observer editorial.

5-29-12 David Howard, Ruffin Hall and LaWana Mayfield explain the city's bond proposal and tax increase to pay for it.

5-22-12 Harold Cogdell reports on county budget.

4-17-12 Party control: Democrats and a Republican sound off on what difference it makes in N.C. General Assembly.

2-7-12 Budd Berro with message from office of Gov. Bev Perdue.
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7-1-14 Thomas Hanley describes the goals of Commonwealth High, a charter set to open in August.

6-3-14 Supt. Heath Morrison discusses CMS budget and impact on CMS of proposals before the legislature. 

5-14-14 Sandra Conway, left, and Elyse Dashew  spearhead a letterwriting and petition drive to fully fund the CMS budget.

4-29-14 James Ford, a Garinger High world history teacher, is the 2014 N.C. Teacher of the Year.

3-25-14 Akeshia Craven-Howell, right, and others from CMS discuss N.C. charter school law and relations between CMS and the charters.

3-11-14 Millard House and others offered an update on New Leaders, the nonprofit that trains lateral entry and school personnel for leadership jobs.

2-25-14 Arthur Griffin on "The Long Struggle for Equity in Education in NC," joined by Richard McElrath and Sarah Stevenson.

Sarah Stevenson9-26-13 Sarah Stevenson named Meck Ed's 2013 Champion of Education.

7-2-13 Arthur Griffin reviews education trends, warns of two-tiered public education system.

6-25-13 Allen Smith explains his task as CMS community superintendent for the Harding, Berry and West Meck areas.

5-28-13 Supt. Heath Morrison returns after a busy year. Video here captures answers to six questions from the Q&A.

4-16-13 Rev. Dr. Frederick Grosse outlines foster care work of Elon Homes and Schools for Children, which will move to J.C. Smith campus.

3-12-13 Dr. Nicole Priestly on the Title 1 schools she oversees in the CMS Central Zone.

3-12-13 Stacey Rose offers of the educational vision behind her charter application for Charlotte Learning Academy.

2-26-13 CMS town hall Wednesday  Feb. 27 at E.E. Waddell about task forces. Click for flier.

2-19-13 Richard McElrath expresses concern that new CMS math exam that focus on reading problems will be a new barrier for struggling students.

2-12-13 West Charlotte High Principal John Wall: Focus is on individual students.

2-11-13 Supt. Heath Morrison's "initial thoughts on cultural competency" – printed Sunday by the Charlotte Observer.

2-5-13 LaTarzja Henry explains her new role for CMS: nurturing partnerships and parent engagement.

1-29-13 New Leaders panelists explain the teacher- and principal-training program in CMS.

1-8-13 StudentFirst Academy staff describe plans for westside charter school.

12-4-12 Richard McElrath on link between housing patterns and school success.

12-4-12 Ken Simmons on what he thinks it will take for West Charlotte High School to succeed.

11-13-12 Brandi Williams with a Project L.I.F.T. update.

10-27-12 Ken Simmons on what it will take to curtail bullying.

10-23-12 Richard McElrath on CMS talks about housing patterns and education.

10-2-12 Joyce Waddell on need for more attendance at Morrison's town halls.

10-2-12 Richard McElrath on CMS changes already under way.

9-25-12 Yvette Smith offers a briefing on Title I policies at CMS.

9-11-12 Supt. Heath Morrison addresses questions about CMS.

7-10-12 Charity Bell addresses changes in the CMS Central Secondary Zone that she leads.

7-3-12 Denise Watts offers an update on Project L.I.F.T.

5-22-12 Thornton Howard argues for the power of all those other four-letter words.

5-8-12 Dr. Gyasi Foluke presented a statement to the CMS school board. He shares it here.

4-24-12 Dr. Heath Morrison visits on the day he was to be named CMS superintendent.

2-28-12 Artist Tommy Robinson offers a critique of American education.

1-31-12 Jean Desravines on New Leaders and its school leadership training efforts.

1-17-12 New CMS leaders Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray.


See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.

Housing, Workplace

2-11-14 Anna Hood, right, and Fannie Flono discuss breaking down barriers in the workplace.

4-23-13 Fulton Meachem on Charlotte Housing Authority's vision, and some of the barriers to reaching it.

8-28-12 Steve Partridge, CEO of Charlotte Works, talks about the workforce training and job placement program.

5-22-12 Stoney Sellars speaks on redefining the purpose of business success.


See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.

Et cetera

3-11-14 Sandra Clory on trip to Egypt and the Falasha or Ethopian Jews that her father called his people.

Vernon Herron1-21-14 Dr. Vernon Herron opens the Forum with a remembrance of his longtime friend T.B. Haynes and civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain.

7-9-13 Newcomer Lathan Wood talks about a disconnect between Forum discussions and what's going on inside the city's schools and colleges.

6-4-13 Kaa Ma'at outlined plans to file for an FCC to operate a low-power FM station serving west Charlotte.

4-30-13 TyNia Rene' Brandon, Miss Queen City 2013, sings from repetoire that will take her to the Miss North Carollina pageant.

3-24-13 Former Forum presenters Valaida Fullwood and Charles Thomas appear at TEDxCharlotte.

3-19-13 Belk internal auditor and outgoing chief diversity officer Nicole Dean talks about the retailer's community involvement and education efforts.

3-17-13 And who would this dapper young man be behind the microphone? Help us tell that story.

2-19-13 Sheila Peltzer offers an update on push for shared parenting law.

1-22-13 Sheila Peltzer makes case for shared parenting in North Carolina child custody cases.

12-18-12 The Christmas Party, led by Natheley McElrath.

7-3-12 JCSU staffer Torrey Feimster addresses rumor that university will phase out its teacher training program.

6-26-12 Sam Divine of Atlanta discusses his roots in Liberia.

6-14-12 B.B. De Laine dies; lived a life tied up with school desegregation and the betterment of all of God's children.

5-22-12 Thomas Moore talks about teaching at Benedict College in Columbia, and the need to refocus on the needs of all children.

2-28-12 Joel Ford makes an announcement.


See the Archive for earlier presentations on this subject.