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Announcements January 2007

ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 9, 2007:
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Sarah Stevenson thanked Blanche Penn and Richard McElrath for the day's refreshments.
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Sarah Stevenson asked for suggestions on how the Forum should tackle discussion of pieces of the African-American Agenda launched at last weekend's Town Meeting. "We need a commitment to support each other this new year," she said.
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Multiple voices added to this summary of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday observances, which is based primarily on www.visitcharlotte.org:

SATURDAY Jan. 13

10 a.m: Dedication of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Ceremony at Second and Graham Streets. Young Men's Choir from Northwest School of the Arts performs.

11 a.m.: Parade: Begin at Mint and Second, end at Marshall Park.

SUNDAY Jan. 14

6 p.m., Community Worship Service, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 6050 Hickory Grove Rd. Sponsored by Hickory Grove Baptist and Nations Ford Community Church.

MONDAY Jan. 15

7 a.m., Prayer Breakfast, Westin, 601 S. College St. To benefit YMCA Community Outreach campaign. Tickets $20. Info: Keith Vinson at 704-716-6510.

8:30 a.m., Pilgrim March: From Westin following breakfast to Marshall Park.

9 a.m. Wreath Laying Ceremony, Marshall Park.

11 a.m., National Holiday Celebration, Convention Center, featuring music, drama, and keynoter Terrence J., co-host of BET's 106 and Park.

7 p.m., Charlotte Symphony Daybreak of Freedom Memorial Concert, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, featuring 150-voice choir and symphony.
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Martha Hall announced that Ben Cooley was tied up with a new client, but would return next week.
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Malachi Greene announced the arrival of his first grandson. Earlier arrivals included five granddaughters.
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Vernon Herron sent in an announcement of a free six-session weekly beginner geneology class starting Jan. 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. sponsored by Comprehensive Genealogical Services, to be held at Friendship Missionary Baptist, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. For information: 704-503-1701. --
Sarah Stevenson announced that Steve Johnston would begin again to e-mail announcements from the Forum, and that he would soon launch the Forum's first Web site. The site "is going to be excellent. It will get us on the map and bring us into the 21st Century," Stevenson said. [More details about the Web site shortly.]
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

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Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum

Announcements from Jan. 16, 2007

Scheduled for Jan. 23: John Modest, principal of West Charlotte High School.
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Dr. Gyasi Foluke announced that his first book from 1995, “The Real Holocaust: A Wholistic Analysis of the African-American Experience, 1441-1994,” has been reprinted and is available at $25.99 in soft cover and $34.99 in hard cover.
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Mary Williams announced that the nonprofit Family Credit Counseling Corp., 7516 E. Independence Blvd. Ste 110, has free financial literacy classes running on Thursdays and will add Tuesdays if demand warrants. FCCC may also add classes for first-time homebuyers on the third Saturdays. All classes are free.
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Deacon Jones asked people to add to their prayer list Sarah Stevenson, whose brother Wylie Mingo died Sunday in Buffalo, N.Y. Mary Brooks, who suffered a stroke in December, was reported on the mend at home and watching football on TV. Vernon Herron and others suggested cards to longtime Forum stalwart Charlie Williams, the “Mayor of Hidden Valley,” who has been ailing for some time. Charlie and his wife Annie are at home, 1216 Log Cabin Rd. Charlotte, NC 28213-5830.
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Charlotte Housing Authority’s new board member Rodney Moore announced an all-day conference on affordable housing Feb. 22 at the Convention Center. More details will be forthcoming. Moore encouraged people to make use of the “public forum” section of Housing Authority meetings to raise issues. The Authority next meets today, Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. at 1301 South Blvd.
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Former City Council member Malachi Greene explained at one point, “The Housing Authority is a publicly owned corporation of the City of Charlotte. We are the owners, so therefore we do have a stake.” “Does that mean we can fire Rodney?” quipped Gyasi Foluke. “The CITY COUNCIL can fire Rodney, because they are the corporate entity,” Greene said. Observed Moore, “I’m new, Doc. Let me get my feet wet.”
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Malachi Greene reported that it appeared that the 80-20 split between school bonds for growth and school bonds for renovation would turn out to have even less money for renovation, because 12% of the total bond package would be set aside for land acquisition. He said he would have more information for next week’s Forum after Friday’s Bond Oversight Committee meeting.
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Steve Johnston invited all to a meeting with Supt. Peter Gorman to be held by the board of the Swann Fellowship at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, on the second floor of the Parish House at St. Martin’s Church, 1510 E. Seventh St. The meeting, requested by Gorman, will allow all present to voice their concerns on any topic. But Johnston said the meeting will focus on how the Fellowship and other groups can help Gorman to tackle the elimination of the high-poverty schools, where educators are not delivering and arguably will never be able to fulfill their constitutional mandate to deliver a sound basic education to every N.C. child.
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Rodney Moore announced that the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP meets the third Thursday of the month (this Thursday, Jan. 18) at 7 p.m. at Weeping Willow AME Zion Church, 2220 Milton Rd.
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Richard McElrath said he would serve on the new citizens group Mecklenburg Citizens for Education chaired by former UNCC Chancellor Jim Woodward. “Gorman and the Board of Education will be listening to them more than anybody else, and I am looking for ideas,” McElrath said. McElrath is at ram1238@aol.com
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Mike Sexton sent in a number of messages:
The February “Lunch & Learn” program on domestic violence on “Setting Up Safety Plans” will feature Jenny Moore with Victims’ Assistance and Wanda Anderson with the Shelter for Battered Women, at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic, 507 S. Tryon St.
Info: 704-432-1568.
A Recruit Military Career Fair, a hiring event for veterans, will be Thursday, Feb. 8 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Speedway Club at Lowes Motor Speedway. Details: www.recruitmilitary.com or Bob Weeks at 704-336-3135.
"Perversion of Justice," by Melissa Mummert, a movie chronicling the impact of federal drug sentencing on one family, will be screened Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with a guest panel at 7:30 p.m., at the Knight Gallery, 345 N. College St.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 23, 2007
 
Next week at the Forum: Charlotte Cultural History Partnership, on neighborhood history focusing on Biddleville and Brooklyn.
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Tuesday speaker John Modest's challenge this morning to the Forum in support of West Charlotte High School will be posted by Tuesday mid-afternoon at www.tueforumclt.org
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Blanche Penn of Winners Plus Agency announced May 20 as the date for "Teen Star," a play to be staged by teens at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at West Charlotte High School. Tickets will be $10-$15, and the children are already rehearsing, she said.
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Malachi Green encouraged people to pay careful attention tonight as the school board hears a committee report about how CMS should spend more than $2 billion over the next 10 years on school facilities. The 80-20 split for bond money between new schools for growth and renovation of older buildings is really 92-8, he said, because 12% is for purchase of land, mostly for new schools. Greene also suggested that plans for where the bond money should be spent are based on 20-year-old economic models that don't take account of the redevelopment of center-city neighborhoods now going on. The committee's report and school board decisions to follow from it, he said, will have an impact on "the ability of teachers to teach and provide decent educations for our children."
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Charles Woodyard observed that the City Council's guidelines for the search for a successor to retiring City Manager Pam Syfert call for public input. Said Woodyard to the Forum, "I hope you will get out front of that issue to have an impact."
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Forum messages reach 355 addressees. To be removed from this list, send a reply message with your request.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS from Jan. 30, 2007

Black History Month at the Forum:
Feb. 6: Lewis Myers, first black member of the secretariat of the N.C. Department of Commerce.
Feb.13: Andrea L. Harris, president of the N.C. Institute of Black Economic Development.
Feb. 20: Male "Firsts": Harvey Gantt, Charlie Dannelly and Ron Leeper.
March 6: Female "Firsts": Sarah Stevenson, Ella Scarborough, Valerie Woodard and Beverly Earle.
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Natheley McElrath introduced Jean Cummings of Brooklyn (the one in New York City) and said that Cummings had made the sweet potato bread served Tuesday at the Forum.
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Blanche Penn announced a trip to Atlanta for teens on Feb. 19 (schools are closed for Presidents Day) and invited Forum members to financially sponsor students. She also announced May 20 as the date for "Teen Star," a play to be staged by teens at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at West Charlotte High School.
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Mary Williams announced that the nonprofit Family Credit Counseling Corp., 7516 E. Independence Blvd. Ste 110, has free financial literacy classes running on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. More info: 800-449-0065.
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Rodney Moore announced that NAACP branches are planning a mass demonstration in Raleigh on Feb. 10 at the Legislative Building in Raleigh, to present legislators with the NAACP's 14-point program. Moore said they hope to have 5,000 people attend. More info: www.naacp.ubernc.com
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New Birth Charlotte's Teen Super Bowl Party for middle and high school students was announced for this Sunday, Feb. 4, from 5-10 p.m. at New Birth-Charlotte at University Place, 604 Doug Mayes Place, next to the Sam's Club. Admission and food are free. IDs will be required for high school students.
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James Ross announced that the 1957 integration of Revolution Park Golf Course would be marked on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
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Pam Meister announced that "Charlotte Neighborhoods: Brooklyn to Biddleville" opens Feb. 17 at the museum, 3500 Shamrock Drive. The exhibit runs through November.
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Mike Sexton sent in a message that United Family Services Domestic Violence programs and the Mecklenburg County Women's Commission Domestic Violence services will collaborate on a single speakers bureau. Training for volunteers will be offered in March. For more information:  MIke Sexton at 704-432-1568 by Feb. 23.
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Michael Sexton also sent in an announcement that "Setting Up Safety Plans" would be the topic at the next Domestic Violence "Lunch  Learn" program on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 S. Tryon St.
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Forum messages reach 346 addressees. To be removed from this list, send a reply message with your request.
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The Forum opens at 8 a.m. at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive, just down the hill from West Charlotte High School. The phone number is 704-393-1560.

 


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down the hill from West Charlotte High School.