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County Manager Dena Dioro gave an update on issues facing the county.
Kerry Miller, left and three other women talked about their work with Charlotte area community-focused organizations.
Election 2017: Kris Chambers Woodruff
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Election 2017: Priscilla Johnson
Rachelle Latimer describes highway contracting work as a difficult business that can be daunting for newcomers.
Election 2017: Blanche Penn
Dr. Yolanda Holmes and her children Brooke and Darrell present a reflection on black history.
Dawn Hill, Dr. Yolanda Holmes and David Jessup teamed up to showcase the April 20 Charlotte Career Discovery Day.
Election 2017: Carol Sawyer
Election 2017: John Powell
Election 2017: LaWana Mayfield
Elisa Chinn-Gary described her life and how it has shaped her tenure since 2014 as Clerk of Mecklenburg Superior Court.
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Election 2017: J’Tanya Adams
Election 2017: Vi Lyles
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Election 2017: Larken Egleston
Isaac Applewhite outlines effort to boost Charlotte entrepreneurs’ role in CIAA Week business.
CIAA Commissioner Jacquie McWilliams made a presentation about the upcoming CIAA tournament in Charlotte.
CMS gathers in pupil assignment surveys, explains assignment review.
Election 2017: Joel Ford
Darrell Allison makes case for broadening school choice to include parents of all incomes.
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.
Ron Carter celebrated JCSU’s successes during his presidency, and worried over the country’s future
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Jan. 17, 2017 Longtime Charlotte resident Queen Thompson this morning sent in the following document, along with the text that follows. ———- The following text was in an e-mail. The text appears to be addressed to Mecklenburg Democratic Party Chair Matt Newton, who himself was a candidate for the District 5 seat appointment. Matt for […]
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.
Dr. Clayton Wilcox, incoming CMS Superintendent, introduces himself.
|Wilcox, Dr. Clayton|
A number of people have offered themselves for appointment to the City Council District 5 seat vacated by N.C. Rep. John Autry.
Woodruff, Kris Chambers
Jan. 3, 2016 Kris Chambers Woodruff sent this message to the Forum: “In an effort to represent the community that gave me life, I have decided to seek the appointment to the vacant City Council District 5 seat. “I thank all those in the community that has supported me. I would like to extend a […]
Woodruff, Kris Chambers
Nancy Carter offered a way to boost mentoring in the schools by young people.
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.
Dimple Ajmera announces for appointment to Charlotte City Council District 5.
Natheley McElrath was MC as the Forum cast aside its serious ways for a morning of song and holiday celebration.
Laura McClettie announced that 2016 Forum funds would go to five Belmont neighborhood families in need.
Sydney Culver, left, of Commonwealth High, and Ismael Villafane of Stewart Creek High School described their ventures.
Four elected officials representing Charlotte voters at city, county and legislative levels offered updates.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Maria Macon and other members of the Community Relations Committee’s Council of Elder continue an Oct. 18 discussion of their work.
Matt Newton announced that he would apply for appointment to the District 5 City Council seat.
Patrick Graham, new CEO of Charlotte Works, and his team outlined work of the local workforce development board.
Elections results in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina and the U.S.
Nakisa Glover reports on conference on revitalizing environmentally vulnerable communities.
Forum’s MJ Entrepreneurial Action Fund’s Grants Committee members chosen.
Candidates Speak: Rodney Moore
Candidates Speak: Michael Morgan
Judge Rickye McCoy-Mitchell, left and Judge Michael Morgan were joined by Rep. Rodney Moore.
Candidates Speak: Vince Rozier
Candidates Speak: Bob Hunter
Wake District Court Judge Vince Rozier, a candidate for N.C. Court of Appeals, and four other candidates for judgeships.
Candidates Speak: Richard Rivette
Candidates Speak: Linda Coleman
Candidates Speak: Alma Adams
Candidates Speak: Dan Blue III
Candidates Speak: Abe Jones
Candidates Speak: Rickye McKoy-Mitchell
Candidate for N.C. Lieutenant Governor, Linda Coleman, was among the state, federal and judicial candidates presenting at the Forum.
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.”
Candidates Speak: Lisa Rudisill
Candidates Speak: Von Brown
Candidates Speak: Chuck Stuber
Longtime broadcaster Bea Thompson describes the work of Inner Vision, a mental health nonprofit.
Vonnie Brown, Eric Erickson and Lisa Rudisill are candidates for Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor.
Chuck Stuber, a former FBI special agent, explained his candidacy for N.C. Auditor.
County commissioner candidates Pat Cotham, Trevor Fuller and Marc Friedland addressed the Forum.
Candidates Speak: Trevor Fuller
Candidates Speak: Jonathan Hudson
Candidates speak: Jane Campbell.
Legislative candidates Jane Campbell, Jonathan Hudson, Joel Ford and Chaz Beasley addressed the Forum.
Trevor Fuller suggested the first step on addressing issues behind last week’s Charlotte unrest should be universal access to pre-kindergarten.
Candidates Speak: Becky Carney.
Candidates Speak: Carla Cunningham.
Candidates Speak: Beverly Earle
Beverly Earle, Becky Carney, Joyce Waddell and Carla Cunningham addressed the Forum.
CMS Board of Education member Thelma Byers-Bailey issued a call to action to protest the possible sale of the former Double Oaks School.
Candidates Speak: Connie Green-Johnson
Connie Green-Johnson (House 105) and Peter Noris (House 104) lead off candidate forums.
CMS out-of-school suspension data, by school, for grades PK-2 for 2013-14 through 2015-16.
Impact of out-of school suspensions over time on the 2015-16 graduation cohort.
Summary data of PK-2 out-of-school suspensions in CMS.
CMS district summary for all out-of-school suspensions, comparing 2013-14 and 2014-15.
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.
Candidates Speak: Pat Cotham
Candidates Speak: Joel Ford
Leaders from Goodwill and Urban Ministry Center explain their work to help people move toward job success, better health, secure housing.
Charles Thomas of the Knight Foundation and Sharon Harrington of Reading Partners discuss upcoming work.
Erin Nicole Barksdale introduced herself as the principal who will open Renaissance West K-8 in August 2017.
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Candidates Speak: Eric Erickson
Tom Hanchett presented stories about the many African-American leaders of the civil rights and educational improvement movements who lived in McCrorey Heights.
Forum participants engaged in a discussion of issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.
Candidates Speak: Joyce Waddell
Ceretha Sherrill said she is encouraging CMS to add education about the law to the curriculum.
Candidates Speak: Ella Scarborough
Delores Johnson Hurt explained the work of the League of Women Voters.
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Candidates Speak: Leon Threatt
Candidates Speak: Marc Friedland.
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.
Google and Read Charlotte officials discuss goals for their programs, and how they are working together.
Wali Molina, left, and others addressed an upcoming wellness expo, and how parents can find help with college expenses. Then there was discussion of last week’s painful events nationwide.
Latasha McIlwaine, left, and two other health service providers addressed the Forum.
Charlotte Post covers Brooklyn Village decision by county commissioners.
Fulton Meachem and Ken Szymanski, representing two powerful housing interests, discuss affordable housing opportunities in Charlotte.
Election 2016: The Candidates Speak
Candidates Speak: Peter Noris.
Candidates Speak: Tracy Hewett.
Candidates Speak: Aretha Blake.
Candidates Speak: Ben Thalheimer.
Text cache of QCityMetro story examining Brooklyn Village project.
Text cache of Observer story about winner of Brooklyn Village design competition.
Three development teams presented their plans for the Brooklyn Village redevelopment. BK Partners was selected Wednesday.
Lots of speakers took advantage of Open Forum to raise issues for community discussion.
Text cache of Observer story about presentations by candidates for Congress.
Five candidates for Congress on the June 7 primary ballot in Mecklenburg addressed the Forum.
Dream Builders CEO Kenston Griffin uses this exercise to help adults understand how children learn.
Dream Builders Communications and Profound Gentlemen offered ideas on what works to improve schools.
Shaw, Mario Jovan
Elana Congress discussed health programs at Care Ring; Eric Montgomery discussed estate planning.
County Manager Dena Diorio brought key staffers to the Forum to let them explain the county’s work.
Plescia, Dr. Marcus
Greg Phipps, city staff and other City Council members helped present a briefing on Charlotte’s proposed budget.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Debra Weeks led an update on rebuilding the C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Carlenia Ivory describes a project working with 21 high school students and their families.
LaWana Mayfield gave an impromptu update on a community meeting on the city budget, and developments on West Boulevard corridor.
Joel Ford offered an update on issues likely to come up in the legislative short session beginning Monday.
CMS Board Chair Mary McCray offered an update on assignment and the superintendent search.
Two pastors discussed nontraditional ways in which they are working with their flock to improve Charlotte.
Charlotte Post covers latest developments in revival of C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Tamika Lewis and Robert Dawkins describe efforts to engage youth in undertaking neighborhood improvements of their choosing.
An update on the renovation under way at West Charlotte Recreation Cetner
Jason (Jet) Jones brought his teacher (Maria Macon), his singing, his videos and his enthusiasm for an entrepreneurial approach to the world.
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Brenda Robinson gave this update on the area visits by the Traveling Space Museum and NASA Space Camp.
Participants pulled off a total surprise for the guy usually behind the camera as they celebrated Steve Johnston’s 69th birthday.
An Open Forum began with a discussion of H.B. 2, the “Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act.”
Justin Harlow’s March update for the Five Points Community Collaborative.
Bonita Caldwell, president of Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens, shared approaches to business leadership.
Dorothy Counts-Scoggins and Bonita Caldwell shared their experiences with leadership.
Election results in Mecklenburg from March 15 primary.
CMS Supt. Ann Clark and CMS Foundation Executive Director Sonja Gantt.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Paulina Havelka, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Christy Mann, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Leon Threatt, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Blanche Penn: “I’m a freedom fighter.”
Lucy Bush Carter describes the work and needs of Charlotte’s meals-on-wheels program.
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James Ford with an update on his job at the N.C. Public School Forum, and a defense of helping children, not blaming them for the lack of support from home.
Carlenia Ivory issued an appeal for turnout at a CMS Policy Committee meeting.
Malachi Greene was remembered today at his beloved Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum by people touched by a dedicated soul.
Elisa Chinn-Gary, Wilhelmenia Rembert and Queen Thompson: Three women who went first.
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Former CMS principal Ken Simmons says “bad” schools” serving minority students can be fixed “overnight.”
Sarah Stevenson’s message to Charlotte’s young leaders, on the death of MarShawn McCarrel in Ohio.
Five trailblazers on the early years of African-American participation in local government, and the work yet to be done.
CMS officials pitch participation in student assignment survey.
Delegation of mayors from Albania explain their U.S. visit.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Tim Morgan, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Joel Ford, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Juanita Miller, left, Carolyn Logan and Ken Koontz discussed making their way in organizations once closed to African-Americans.
Take the community online survey designed to assist the school board redesign CMS student assignment.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Damiko Faulkner, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Trevor Fuller, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Mazie Ferguson, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Aretha Blake, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Nasif Majeed, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Tracy Hewett, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Faith Fickling, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by James Cyrus, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Ella Scarborough, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Joyce Waddell, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Videos of Forum greetings over time by Beverly Earle, candidate in the March 15 primary.
Links to short presentations by candidates on the March 15 primary ballot.
Four African-American women who went first reflect on where they’ve been, and where things stand today.
Charles Thomas named program director for Knight Foundation in Charlotte.
Five speakers including Kayla Romero argued OneMeck’s case for schools that work for all children.
Kevin Tully explained the role public defenders play in making the criminal justice system work for all.
Willie Ratchford welcomed the Forum to its new home at Belmont Regional Center at 700 Parkwood Ave.
CIAA staff present on the upcoming basketball tournament in Charlotte
Tommie Robinson to be on Rachel Martin’s Sunday Jan. 10 radio show on NPR.
Urban League CEO Dr. Patrick Graham on how League works inside for progress.
The Forum moves Jan. 19 to the Belmont Regional Center, 700 Parkwood Ave., Sarah Stevenson announced.
The Tuned In Choir helped make the 2015 Forum Christmas Party a festive gathering.
Alysia Osborne outlined work undertaken by Historic West End Initiative; legislative leaders reported on the concluded session, and on efforts to inspire voter turnout.
Dr. Deborah Walker summarized her four-day presentation on diversity, multiculturalism, equity and inclusion.
Co-chairs of the Opportunity Task Force explain what they’ve learned about economic mobility.
Brenda Robinson, an African-American “first,” uses her aviation experience to give back to young people.
Long-delayed renovation at West Charlotte Rec Center may start in January.
QCityMetro profiles J’Tanya Adams’ work spearheading Saturday’s Internet and Computer Bazaar to provide more low-income families access to the Internet.
Charlotte Post outlines education workshops about upcoming Kwanzaa celebration.
Care Ring navigator Elana Congress summarizes upcoming deadlines under Affordable Care Act.
Carlenia Ivory and Dr. Yolonda Holmes make plea for mentors at West Meck High.
Candidates for public office announce their intentions for 2016.
Open Forum included comments by Commissioners Chair Trevor Fuller about the difficult community issues that lie ahead.
Terrell Ivory discusses his recruitment of minority students to Phillips Academy in Massachusetts.
Mecklenburg legislators give an update on the recently completed General Assembly session in Raleigh.
County Manager Dena Diorio reported on leadership changes, renovations and reorganizations.
Election 2015 results.
Fallon, Claire Green
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Mitchell, James "Smuggie"
Jennifer Roberts, Edwin Peacock answer questions at the Forum a week before the Charlotte mayoral election.
Observer profiles Sarah Stevenson on the occasion of her 90th birthday.
Sean Garrett, six months into the top job at United Way of Central Carolinas, pitched community conversations and rebuilding action for community improvement.
News outlets report on C.W. Williams Health Center audit going to commissioners.
District candidates for Charlotte City Council.
Candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council.
Fallon, Claire Green
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Dan Clodfelter, facing an Oct. 6 primary, spoke about mayor’s role and his plans for a full term. He was joined by GOP Council candidate John Powell.
Queen Thompson on why CMS is naming a new school for her grandfather, Lawrence Orr.
Ken Simmons led a group presentation on appoaches to education at majority-African American schools.
|Foluke, Dr. Gyasi|
Local papers write about situation at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Janeen Bryant and six other candidates for CMS Board of Education.
Five of the seven candidates in District City Council contests on the Sept. 15 primary ballot.
N.C. Sen. Joel Ford claims CMS hiring freeze; Supt. Ann Clark says it applies only to teaching assistants.
Laurence Bibbs, Bruce Clark, Julie Eiselt and Claire Fallon on Council at-large primary.
Fallon, Claire Green
Rhonda Foxx announces a Sept. 1 community forum at Rep. Alma Adams’ Charlotte office.
Portia Motsapi thanks donors who helped raise tuition money for her first semester at JCSU.
Seven of the 12 at-large candidates in the Sept. 15 City Council primary.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Mitchell, James "Smuggie"
Malcolm Graham writes about the Charleston murders, the loss of his sister, and the appropriate response.
Five of the six candidates for Charlotte mayor in the September primaries make their case, answer questions.
Georgia Ferrell, mother of Jonathan Ferrell, and her son Willie thanked Charlotteans who have supported them during the Kerrick trial.
Kerr Putney, new Charlotte-Meclenburg Chief of Police, spotlights the need for officers to know their community.
Entrepreneurial business owners and executives share some of their experiences.
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.
Staff and City Council members explained transit plans for Charlotte, and the financing difficulties ahead.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Advice from Marian Wright Edelman’s guest, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, on handling anger over discrimination.
|Edelman, Marian Wright|
Mecklenburg Republicans say the party is changing with the passing of a generation.
Munro Richardson is in a listening phase as head of new Read Charlotte initiative to improve proficiency by third grade.
Jeremiah Chapman calls on a multiracial audience to participate in rebuilding the Briar Creek Road Baptist Church as a multiracial act of unity.
Three nonprofits collaborate to provide medical care and medications to those without other options.
JCSU President Ron Carter said Monday night that Tuesday would bring a major announcement about the future of the Beatties Ford corridor.
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Michael Curry, currently bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina, is first African-American elected to head the national Episcopal church.
One in a series of reports from our far-flung correspondents. Send text and photos of your wanderings this summer here. By Blanche Penn The view of Paris from the basilica steps “Now you know I had to get a painting of me in Paris”
Laura Clark and Christian Friend outline rebuilding efforts at old Boulevard Homes public housing site.
Who said the Forum is all public policy and no fun? And who said it has to happen in Charlotte to be enjoyable or instructive or the Next Big Thing? As you travel this summer, send the Forum words or photos of people and places you enjoyed, or thought Charlotte might learn from. Point your […]
Retiring CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe and District Attorney Andrew Murray.
Officials from Charlotte Works called on CMS, CPCC and employers to make time for youth to learn work skills.
Vi Lyles, David Howard and Michael Barnes lay out differences on city budget vote.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Officers from Mecklenburg, 12th District and 9th District Democratic Parties outlined party strategy.
Civil Liberties proposal goes to City Council Monday, suggesting a resolution.
Training is available from Mental Health America of Central Carolinas to help spot mental health issues among family, friends and colleagues.
Joel Ford issues a call for black elected officials to work together.
Vernon Herron. longtime Forum participant and retired Baptist minister and social justice advocate, died May 16.
|Herron, Dr. Vernon|
Darrell Gregory reviewed efforts by the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council to funnel assistance to groups making a real impact with at-risk juveniles.
Google Fiber staffers on the status of the rollout of gigabyte-speed Internet access in Charlotte.
Player, Mary Ellen
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.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Video of “A Dream Again Deferred?”, a look back and forward about how segregation and resegregation played out in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Nelson, Amy Hawn
Four commissioners address county issues of the day, including elections, budgets, social mobility.
April 27, 2015 The print edition of the Charlotte Observer carried a report this morning on C.W. Williams Community Health Center. If an online version emerges, a link to it will be placed here.
Staff from Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency described their efforts to assist sickle cell patients, and educate the public on disease.
Vi Lyles explains Council thinking on moving garbage collection costs to the property tax.
|Lyles, Vi Alexander|
An archive of material on the CMS budget, from various sources.
Sarah Stevenson and Forum receive JCSU Arch of Triumph Award at university’s April 11 Gala.
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Dale Mullennix on Housing First, a trailblazing effort to end chronic homelessness.
Tom Hanley on first year at Commonwealth High, a for-profit high school succeeding with dropouts.
Members of the Mecklenburg delegation to the N.C. General Assembly, including Sen. Jeff Tarte pictured, reviewed issues pending during the current session.
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.
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.
|Sessoms Jr., Connie|
Mary McCray said the CMS school board would start by consulting the community as it begins the search for a new long-term superintendent.
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.
Longtime TV journalist Ken Koontz looks back on events in city, offers a warning to young people, and discusses his current projects.
Bob Morgan, president of the Charlotte Chamber, painted a picture of a diverse, growing city and a chamber trying to change with it.
An update on renovation at West Charlotte Recreation Center.
Amid requests for mentoring and support, Forum participants raise questions about who’s in charge at West Charlotte High.
Corine Mack was recently named president of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg chapter of the NAACP.
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.
“Highlighting African-American Achievers” is Feb. 19-21.
Charles Everage offers one lawyer’s advice on how citizens should conduct themselves with police.
A few numbers describing the Forum’s year in 2014.
Betty Howell Gray on Feb. 12-13 conference on “Educating Our Black Youth: A Community Responsibility”
|Gray, Betty Howell|
Sandra Clory announced a Tai Chi class she is teaching at Myers Park Baptist Church.
H. Allen Smith, who left CMS last spring and became chief of schools in Oakland, Calif., keynoted Charlote’s Growing the Dream Awards presentation.
Belk Foundation’s Johanna Anderson outlines 8-year project to have 80% of third-graders reading proficiently in 8 years.
Elected leaders at local and state levels offered comments about the issues of 2015.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Desmond Wiggan described investment services available from Primerica.
Participants in the Forum’s weekly discussions of public policy set aside all the serious stuff for conversation, caroling and the Take A Gift game.
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.
Nelson Adesegha on fallout from Chapter 11 filing at C.W. Williams Community Health Center.
Trevor Fuller describes the task ahead for a task force asked to find ways to make families in poverty more upwardly mobile.
George Dunlap argued that County Commissioners had a policy that anyone could be elected commissioners chairman, not just the top vote-getter.
Melanie Brown asked for volunteers to help West Charlotte High School place volunteer proctors for end-of-course testing in January.
Rodney Moore offers an update on an anti-racial profiling civil liberties bill he is committed to in the N.C. General Assembly.
Johnson C. Smith University to present one of its Arch of Triumph Awards to the Forum at its annual gala in April 2015.
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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.
Terry Ellington and Lesha Dodson on HIV/AIDS in Charlotte and the Carolinas, and the work of Carolinas Care Partnership.
Alicia Brooks thanked supporters for help during her election to be a District Court judge.
Nelson Adesegha and Laurissa Adams-Hunt, board members for ailing C.W. Williams Community Health Center, offered an update on the center’s “reorganization.”
Resident Superior Court Judge Linwood Foust comments on changing demographics on the local bench.
Lucy Bush Carter, executive director of Friendship Trays, made this presentation Tuesday about the launch Wednesday of a new culinary job training program.
|Carter, Lucy Bush|
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.
Supt. Heath Morrison speaks on the eve of a citizen vote on a sales tax hike that could boost teacher pay.
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
|Chinn Gary, Elisa|
John Crawford makes a pitch for the Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund.
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.
Radio personality Travis “Church Boy” Gilliam headlines session on the perils of unacknowledged depression.
|Black, Dr. Trasha|
Gilliam, Travis "Church Boy"
Jim Puckett and Leonard Richardson vie for Commissioners District 1 seat.
Fannie Flono, who both attended and presented at the Forum, retires. Excerpts from comments at a retirement party.
Craig Winegardner and Sharon Hudson make case against I-77 toll lanes.
Marinn Bengel and others argue for city bond and sales tax questions on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
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.
Text cache of Obserrver story about Sept. 9 Forum presentation.
Judicial candidates on the November ballot.
The Young Entrepreneurs Network is helping young business owners learn the ropes.
Observer editorial about police department use-of-force policy.
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.
Lisa Barnes and LaTarzja Henry discuss changes under way in CMS designed to reduce student misbehavior.
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.
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.
Observer story on JCSU exhibit on African-American philanthropy.
Denada Jackson predicts another jump in graduation rate at West Charlottte High.
Daisy Spears Stroud dies at 92. An appreciation and two obituaries.
|Stroud, Daisy Spears|
Joel Ford along with Rodney Moore and Malcolm Graham offered a Raleigh Report.
Gyasi Foluke with a theory on how to implement community change in the African-American community
|Foluke, Dr. Gyasi|
Trevor Fuller on November referendum to increase sales tax, chiefly to pay for a teacher salary boost.
Thomas Hanley describes the goals of Commonwealth High, a charter set to open in August.
Parents and education: An Open Forum discussion of who’s responsible when Johnny can’t read, or doesn’t behave.
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.
Velma Love describes the Lee Thompson Young Foundation’s aims to improve public awareness of mental health issues.
Megan Boler and Zachary Denard introduce the League of Conservation Voters.
Vi Lyles comments on issues at stake in Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate re-election effort.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Open Forum on testing at West Charlotte, on a Black Summit, on educating a captive audience.
|Chavis, Dr. Ben|
Supt. Heath Morrison discusses CMS budget and impact on CMS of proposals before the legislature.
Randy Harrington leads a presentation on the Charlotte operating budget and community investment plan.
Making Change Happen in the African-American community. An Open Forum discussion.
Lucy Inman, for 4 years a Superior Court judge, is running for a seat on the N.C. Court of Appeals.
Sandra Conway and Elyse Dashew spearhead a letterwriting and petition drive to fully fund the CMS budget.
County Manager Dena Diorio on the current budget process.
Primary Election results in Mecklenburg.
Mary Johnson’s partisan endorsements while facilitating a Forum meeting brought a statement from Forum co-founder Sarah Stevenson.
|Johnson, Mary Foxx|
West Charlotte High School Global Perspective Studies proposed by first-year teachers Rachel Scott and Paige Laurain.
James Ford, a Garinger High world history teacher, is the 2014 N.C. Teacher of the Year.
Primary candidates Vince Coakley, Curtis Osborne, Antoine Ensley, Dondhi Burrell. Special election candidates Amelia Stinson-Wesley, Darrell Bonapart.
Dondhi Burrell is a candidate in the May 6 Democratic primary for the Commissioners District 2 seat.
Antoine Ensley is a candidate in the May 6 Democratic primary for the office of sheriff.
Curtis Osborne is a candidate in the May 6 primary for the U.S. House 12 seat vacated by Mel Watt.
Darrell Bonaparte is a candidate in the May 3 Democratic Party special election to fill the unexpired N.C. Senate 37 seat vacated by Dan Clodfelter.
Amelia Stinson-Wesley is a candidate in a Democratic Party special election on May 3 for the N.C. Senate seat vacated by Dan Clodfelter.
Vince Coakley is a candidate in the May 6 Republican primary for the U.S. House District 12 seat.
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.
District 12 U.S. Congress candidates George Battle, Leon Threatt and Malcolm Graham.
Dan Clodfelter asks for support the day before he begins an appointive term as Charlotte mayor.
Sylvia Grier is among interviews in WTVI feature about grandparents, even great-grandparents raising youngsters.
Irwin Carmichael is in the May 6 Democratic primary for Sheriff.
Vilma Leake is in the May 6 primary seeking another term on the County Commissioners.
Council member Vi Alexander Lyles addresses gentrification issue in Charlotte.
|Lyles, Vi Alexander|
Akeshia Craven-Howell and others from CMS discuss N.C. charter school law and relations between CMS and the charters.
Foluke, Dr. Gyasi
Matt Newton is a candidate in the May 6 Democratic primary for N.C. Senate District 40.
Nasif Majeed is a candidate in the May Democratic primary for N.C. Senate 40.
Morris McAdoo is a candidate in the May 6 primary for N.C. Senate District 40.
Yolanda Trotman is a candidate in November for District Court judge.
Elisa Chinn Gary is a candidate in the November election for Clerk of Superior Court.
|Chinn Gary, Elisa|
Alicia Brooks is a candidate in November for District Court Judge.
Ella Scarborough is a candidate in the May 6 primary for an at-large seat on the Board of County Commissioners.
Kim Ratliff is a candidate in the May 6 primary for an at-large seat on the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners.
Elaine Powell is a candidate in the May 6 primary for an at-large seat on the Board of County Commissioners.
Trevor Fuller is a candidate in the May 6 primary for an at-large seat on the Board of County Commissioners.
Pat Cotham is a candidate in the May 6 primary for an at-large seat on the County Commissioners.
Joyce Waddell is a candidate in the May 6 primary for N.C. Senate District 40.
Ty Turner is a candidate in the May 6 Democratic primary for N.C. Senate District. 40.
Primary election season has begun. Here’s an index to candidates who addressed the Forum.
Hagan Senate campaign political director Douglas Wilson assesses the campaign.
“West Charlotte High School Story” of ’96 re-aired in tribute to Leroy “Pop” Miller, who died March 1.
|Miller, Leroy "Pop"|
Sandra Clory on trip to Egypt and the Falasha or Ethopian Jews that her father called his people.
Millard House and others offered an update on New Leaders, the nonprofit that trains lateral entry and school personnel for leadership jobs.
T.D. Elder and Lillian Herron recall their years of nursing in Mecklenburg amid racism.
|Elder, Tereasea D.|
Observer story about a change in city policy on job applications, sent in by Council member LaWana Mayfield.
Arthur Griffin on “The Long Struggle for Equity in Education in NC,” joined by Richard McElrath and Sarah Stevenson.
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.
Foluke, Dr. Gyasi
Johnson, Mary Foxx
Joyce Waddell portrayed Harriet Tubman in Underground Railroad skit at Wallace Pruitt Rec Center.
Anna Hood and Fannie Flono discuss breaking down barriers in the workplace.
StudentFirst Academy: An update
Text cache of Observer’s Feb. 9 article on StudentFirst Academy.
Dr. Vernon Herron opens the Forum with a remembrance of his longtime friend T.B. Haynes and civil rights pioneer Franklin McCain.
Herron, Dr. Vernon
Trevor Fuller discusses leadership changes on the Mecklenburg County board.
Text cache: Harry Jones interviewed after Forum presentation about candidacy for county board.
Election 2013 results.
Fallon, Claire Green
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Supt. Heath Morrison spoke about the bond issue on Tuesday’s ballot.
Charlotte mayoral candidates Edwin Peacock and Patrick Cannon addressed the Forum separately.
CMS’s Allen Smith discusses how he is preparing for a November report on needs of westside schools.
Candidates for City Council addressed the Forum.
Fallon, Claire Green
City Council candidates Al Austin, Vi Lyles, Mark Frietch, Dennis Peterson, Michael Barnes, Dave Howard, Ken Harris.
Lyles, Vi Alexander
MeckEd has named Sarah Stevenson its 2013 Education Champion.
Henry Rock wants to train Charlotteeans to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Three speakers from different organizations focus on minority inclusion in the workplace.
Smith, Yana Symone
N.C. Rep. Becky Carney offered an extemporaneous argument that policy opinion drives public policy.
Primary election winners and leaders.
Fallon, Claire Green
Lyles, Vi Alexander
Four Democratic candidates for Charlotte mayor address their differences.
Mitchell, James "Smuggie"
Edwin Peacock, in a Sept. 10 GOP Charlotte mayoral primary, and at-large City Council GOP candidate Dennis Peterson.
President Obama offers comments on Trayvon Martin verdict.
Lathan Wood offers commentary on “disconnect” between Forum discussion and realities on local campuses.
Arthur Griffin discusses education trends, warns of possible two-tiered education system.
Rep. Rodney Moore discusses the General Assembly’s budget,.
CMS school board member Joyce Waddell discusses year-round schools and the Common Core curriculum.
CMS School Board chair Mary McCray discusses the budget.
Anthony Foxx resigned as Mayor of Charlotte; Patsy Kinsey elected to fill remaining months of term.
The Kinsey Collection, art and artifacts of the African-American experience, opens June 29 at the Gantt Center.
Allen Smith explains his task as CMS community superintendent for the Harding, Berry and West Meck areas.
Zwelabo Mandela narrates video about a JCSU survey on issues in the Northwest Corridor.
Kaa Ma’at outlined her effort to acquire a low-power FM station license to serve west Charlotte.
Juneteenth founder Pape Ndiaye laid out financial support needed for Independence Park event.
Supt. Heath Morrison’s answers to six questions.
N.C. Rep. Rodney Moore outlined his view of how Democrats could return to power in the N.C. General Assembly by 2018.
Dr. Gyasi Foluke comments on the value of group pressure politics.
|Foluke, Dr. Gyasi|
Miss Queen City, TyNia Rene’ Brandon, sings from a repetoire that will take her to the Miss North Carolina pageant.
|Brandon, TyNia Rene|
South Africa trip taken by students and adults: a report.
James Mitchell and Paul Holmes comment on the widening project under way along Beatties Ford Road.
Mitchell, James "Smuggie"
Fulton Meachem talks about the Charlotte Housing Authority about 6 months after his arrival as CEO.
Dr. Frederick Grosse talks about Elon Homes and Schools for Children
Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon says only that he is “considering” mayor’s race.
John White and Bernice Feaster share spotlight at Forum.
Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon’s statement on errors and misleading statements in coverage of airport authority proposal.
Holloman, T. Vance
Mecklenburg Park & Rec won a national gold medal for its work. Facility Manager Calandra Barnes explains.
Valaida Fullwood and Charles Thomas present at TEDxCharlotte about their book, “Giving Back.”
Ken Koontz has available for sale two DVDs on the Obama era. Here are two short excerpts.
Nicole Dean of Belk’s talks about the retailer’s community involvement and education efforts.
Whitni Wilson-Wertz, president of the Junior League of Charlotte, describes group’s program for youth health.
Experts describe a “system of care” surrounding a family whose child is in emotional crisis.
|Black, Dr. Trasha|
Cloud, Bobbie Jo
Kilmer, Dr. Ryan
Malachi Greene says thanks for prayers and support during a recent illness.
Toni Tupponce of A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas on what music can do to engage children in education.
Stacey Rose on her application for an N.C. charter for Charlotte Learning Academy.
Dr. Nicole Priestly heads Title 1 elementaries in CMS’s Central Zone.
|Priestly, Dr. Nicole|
Sen. Kay Hagan writes about Civil Rights Pilgrimage
CMS flier on town halls tied to the 22 task forces, including two in April announced today at the Forum.
McCrorey YMCA Executive Director Karen Gipson reported on the MLK Prayer Breakfast held this year on Jan. 21.
Friendship Gardens mobile market to accept EBT cards.
|Carter, Lucy Bush|
Blanche Penn previews the Underground Railroad presentation and Black Inventions Exhibit at the Pruitt Rec Center.
Sheila Peltzer of KN2P offers update on lobbying legislators to change child custody laws.
Richard McElrath talks about upcoming CMS math tests, which will focus on word problems.
Becky Carney’s Raleigh Report for Feb. 18
Statement on superintendent’s 8 goals
|Gray, Betty Howell|
West Charlotte High Principal John Wall addresses Forum.
‘Cultural competency and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’
Malachi Greene: He’s baaaaack!
Henry explains new role forging CMS partnerships with community groups.
Anthony Foxx on the State of the City
New Leaders, the national organization helping train CMS principals and other leaders, explains its program.
Here’s what Ken Koontz said about cooperation among educational institutions during the New Leaders presentation.
Rep. Kelly Alexander on literacy tests, Art Pope and more.
Sheila Peltzer, an advocate for shared parenting custody laws, addressed the Forum.
Ursula Douglas on Nurse-Family Partnership
StudentFirst Academy charter: Plans for a window on the world
Christmas Party 2012
|12-11-12||Beverly Irby, CEO of C.W. Williams Community Health Center ,on upcoming changes in health care, Medicare, Medicaid.|
|12-4-12||LaWana Mayfield on City Council's decision to fill afterschool program budget gap.|
|12-4-12||Richard McElrath on linkage between housing policy and school success.|
|12-4-12||Ken Simmons on what it will to see West Charlotte High succeed.|
|11-27-12||Today's student: A discussion focused on students at West Charlotte High School.|
|11-20-12||The Gantt Center: An update from Director of Advancement Tiffany L. Graham and Marketing Specialist Sharon Holm.|
|11-20-12||Rep. Martha Alexander with a post-election thank you and comment.|
|11-20-12||Kat Crosby, longtime CMS educator, dies; obituary here; cached here.|
|11-13-12||City Council's LaWana Mayfield: "We need to hear from the community."|
|11-13-12||Outgoing county board chair Harold Cogdell on the schisms laid bare by the election|
|11-13-12||Sen.-elect Joel Ford with some post-election commentary|
|11-13-12||Brandi Williams with an update on Project L.I.F.T.|
|11-6-12||Election 2012 roundup.|
|10-27-12||Ken Simmons on what it will take to end bullying.|
|10-23-12||Congress candidates in the 12th and 9th Districts address the Forum.|
|10-23-12||Candidate Doug Hanks addresses questions about postings on a white supremacist web forum|
|10-23-12||Richard McElrath says the school board has begun discussing housing patterns as they impact CMS education.|
|10-16-12||Candidates for judge in the District Court address the Forum.|
|10-9-12||Candidates for district county commissioner seats and a District Court judge candidate address the Forum.|
|10-2-12||Candidates for county commissioner at-large, N.C. Senate address the Forum.|
|10-2-12||CMS board member Joyce Waddell on need for attendance at Supt. Heath Morrison's town hall meetings|
|10-2-12||CMS board member Richard McElrath on the staff changes already made under CMS Supt. Heath Morrison|
|9-25-12||Sen. Charlie Dannelly: An Appreciation|
|9-25-12||Title 1 Briefing: Two CMS staffers describe the federal program that puts additional dollars into high-poverty schools|
|9-25-12||N.C. House candidates|
|9-18-12||N.C. Senate candidates|
|9-11-12||CMS Supt. Heath Morrison talks about suspensions, school closings and other hot topics.|
|9-6-12||Dan Murrey writes about alternate viewing locations for DNC acceptance speech.|
|9-4-12||No Forum; Democratic National Convention week in Charlotte.|
|8-28-12||Steve Partridge, CEO of Charlotte Works, a workforce training and job placement program.|
|8-28-12||Dr. Gyasi Foluke responds to the death of Khalil Malik Cousart, 13.|
|8-21-12||CMPD Chief Rodney Monroe briefs the Forum on DNC security issues.|
|8-14-12||Mayor Anthony Foxx discusses the DNC, city capital needs, growth, homelessness, and his own political future.|
|8-7-12||Ben Carroll, Coalition to March on Wall Street South.|
|7-31-12||A'Shanti Gholar, Democratic National Convention coordinator of public engagement.|
|7-24-12||Democracy NC's Robert Dawkins, Zaina Alsous and Stefan Weathers on get-out-the-vote efforts.|
|7-17-12||No Forum; second N.C. primary|
|7-10-12||Charity Bell addresses changes in the CMS Central Secondary Zone that she leads.|
|7-3-12||JCSU staffer Torrey Feimster addresses rumor that the university will phase out its teacher training program.|
|7-3-12||Denise Watts offers an update on Project L.I.F.T., the foundation-funded rescue effort at eight west Charlotte schools|
|6-26-12||Sam Divine of Atlanta discusses his roots in Liberia.|
|6-19-12||City Council members discuss budget impasse.|
|6-14-12||B.B. De Laine dies; lived a life devoted to the betterment of all of God's children.|
|6-12-12||City Council member Claire Fallon explains her opposition to baseball and the budget.|
|6-5-12||A recap of the day's discussion about how Charlotte celebrates the MLK holiday.|
|6-5-12||Michael Barnes responds to an Observer editorial|
|6-5-12||Gyasi Foluke's article arguing for a commemoration, not celebration, of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.|
|5-29-12||David Howard, Ruffin Hall and LaWana Mayfield explain the city's bond proposal and tax increase to pay for it|
|5-15-12||Thornton Howard argues for the power of all those other four-letter words.
|5-15-12||Thomas Moore talks about teaching at Benedict, and on the need to refocus on the needs of children.
|5-15-12||Stoney Sellars speaks on redefining the purpose of business success.
|5-22-12||Harold Cogdell reports on county budget|
|5-15-12||Health care by single-payer plan was explained by Malyn Pratt and Health Care for All Charlotte.|
|5-8-12||Dr. Gyasi Foluke presented a statement to the CMS school board. He shares it here.
|5-1-12||Judge candidates facing May 8 primaries for District Court.|
|4-24-12||Incoming Supt. Heath Morrison makes an unscheduled visit to the Forum. A video of his remarks.|
|4-24-12||N.C. Senate District 38 primary candidates.|
|4-17-12||Party Control: Democrats and a Republican sound off on what difference it makes in N.C. General Assembly.|
|4-17-12||N.C. House candidates Beverly Earle and Tom Davis.|
|4-17-12||Ericka Ellis-Stewart answers questions about CMS and the school board she chairs.|
|4-10-12||County and U.S. House hopefuls address the Forum.|
|4-10-12||Baseball: City Council members past and present make the case for subsidies for uptown baseball.|
|4-3-12||County commissioner district candidates facing primary races.|
|3-27-12||County commissioner at-large candidates.|
|3-6-12||Sickle cell and related diseases: A bookshelf of readings.|
|2-28-12||A critique of American education by artist Tommy Robinson.|
|2-28-12||Joel Ford makes an announcement.|
|2-28-12||Gyasi Foluke outlines "A Scheme Beyond The Dream."|
|2-14-12||Community groups outline their work.|
|2-7-12||Democratic National Convention: An update.|
|2-7-12||Rep. Becky Carney: A report on the legislature.|
|2-7-12||Budd Berro with a message from the office of Gov. Bev Perdue.|
|1-31-12||Jean Desravines discusses the national New Leaders organization and its school leadership training efforts.|
|1-24-12||Anuvia staffers Carolina Bonilla and Jenny Wade outline the work of the treatment center.|
|1-17-12||CMS Board leaders Ericka Ellis-Stewart and Mary McCray addressed the Forum.|
|1-16-12||Sarah Stevenson figures in newspaper coverage of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.|
|1-10-12||Queen Thompson described her "Let's Have a Talk" program about the long-term effects of having an arrest record.|
|12-20-11||The 2012 Christmas Party.|
|12-6-11||Rai and Lewis Glover talk about their home health care agency.|
|11-29-11||CMS Area Supt. Tyler Ream's presentation focuses on what's been achieved, and not achieved, in the Central zone.|
|11-22-11||Stephán "Coach Q" Askew describes a business built on a public contract to operate GED programs.|
|11-15-11||Denise Watts offers an update on Project L.I.F.T.|
|11-15-11||Rep. Becky Carney: "Public will drives public policy."|
|11-15-11||Rep. Rodney Moore: "Devastating year in Raleigh."|
|11-15-11||Geneal Gregory on the Wadsworth Estate centennial calendar|
|11-8-11||Election night winners.|
|10-25-11||CMS candidate Darrin Rankin addressed the Forum. His video is on a page with candidates who spoke earlier.|
|10-25-11||Outgoing CMS school board member Kaye McGarry comments on school issues.|
|10-11-11||District candidates for Charlotte City Council addressed the Forum.|
|10-9-11||From Democracy NC, a message to college students.|
|10-9-11||Early voting places listed.|
|10-4-11||McCreesh Place, a facilty for formerly homeless men with disabilities.|
|10-4-11||Malcolm Graham offers an update on Beatties Ford Road construction of Mosaic Village|
|9-27-11||City Council at-large candidates address the Forum.|
|9-20-11||Vickie Hughes reports on her Black Girls' Corner counseling effort.|
|9-20-11||Richard McElrath offers an impromptu school board report.|
|9-20-11||Lucy Bush Carter from Friendship Trays reports on a Mobile Food Market serving food deserts in Charlotte.|
|9-13-11||Winners in the Charlotte City Council primary are listed.|
|8-30-11||Annette Taylor describes the N.C. Center for Women in Public Service.|
|8-30-11||Denise Watts, new director of a local, philanthropy-driven education reform plan, reports on status of Project L.I.F.T.|
|8-23-11||Charlotte City Council candidates facing a primary address the Forum.|
|8-16-11||More school board candidates address the Forum.|
|8-9-11||School board candidates at the Forum.|
|8-2-11||Brandi Williams and Jason Farafooei describe Crossroads Charlotte's "Know It To Work It" program.|
|7-19-11||Brenda Hayden describes Builders of Hope, a nonprofit renovator working in Lincoln Heights and Thomasboro.|
|7-19-11||Dr. Dan Murrey reported on preparations for the Democratic National Convention.|
|7-12-11||UNCC research Dr. Roslyn Mickelson summarizes her research on how academic studies view classroom diversity.|
|7-5-11||The Forum did not meet the day after July Fourth.|
|6-28-11||A flyer from Robert Dawkins about the July 15 airing of "Inside Job" is here.|
|6-28-11||A legislative report leaves Forum audience asking for some good news.|
|6-28-11||Flyers from Hector Vaca about an online petition to City Council about food trucks are here and here.|
|6-21-11||Pat McCoy laid out a "progressive agenda on national issues being by his group, ActionNC.|
|6-7-11||Frank Parker and Lonnie Davis explain the Charlotte-based Jazz Arts Initiative|
|5-31-11||It was classical education and classic organizing at the Forum Tuesday.|
|5-17-11||The Briggs v. Elliott decision from South Carolina that led to the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board|
|5-12-11||David Belton issues an invitation to attend a screening of "Thurgood."|
|4-27-11||A letter from N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham about a meeting has general information about redistricting methods.|
|4-26-11||'Stick' Williams faces doubters as he explains a $50 million effort to improve westside student achievement.|
|4-19-11||Two Johnson C. Smith University officials outline projects under way to revive the Beatties Ford Road corridor.|
|4-12-11||Mary McCray's extensive comments about the CMS pay-for-performance plan are here.|
|4-12-11||Four speakers including Cheryl Emmanual, Patricia Raible, Kerry Miller and Mary McCray, shared the stage.|
|4-5-11||Pam Grundy discusses the CMS pay-for-performance plan in a Forum held at Burger King.|
|3-29-11||Women who broke mostly employment barriers gather to mark Women's History Month.|
|3-22-11||Candidates for chair of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party addressed the forum.|
|3-15-11||Staffers from Washington-based Center for Community Change explain why they're in Charlotte.|
|3-8-11||Robert Dawkins from Democracy NC offered an update on political redistricting following Census 2010.|
|3-1-11||Facilitators from Crossroads Charlotte led a discussion of Get Real 2011. Scribe was absent. (See Feb. 8 below.)|
|2-22-11||Forum celebrates Black History Month celebrates with a panel discussion among Charlotte-Mecklenburg trail-blazers.|
|2-15-11||N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell reviews what she can, and can't, do to include minority firms in N.C. investment portfolio.|
|2-8-11||Tracy Russ from Crossroads Charlotte explains effort to encourage public participation in budget-setting.|
|2-1-11||Terry Ellington from Carolinas CARE Partnership reports that Mecklenburg has a new AIDS case each day.|
|2-1-11||Forum regular Maurice Jones was honored as the Forum's 2010 Rookie of the Year.|
|1-25-11||CMS's Mike Raible fields questions about current budget-cutting at the school system.|
|1-18-11||Housing Authority CEO Charles Woodyard offered a number of updates on housing policy.|
|1-11-11||The Forum did not meet.|
|1-4-11||The Forum did not meet.|
|12-20-10||MLK Holiday dates posted.|
|12-14-10||The annual Christmas Party at the Forum.|
|12-7-10||Three speakers present results of the recent UNCC study that pointed to areas not served by full-service groceries.|
|11-23-10||Johnnie Collins made a non-announcement.|
|11-23-10||Sadie Jordan presents information about sickle cell anemia.|
|11-16-10||Arthur Griffin, former CMS school board chair, comments on the history that's led to this year's school closings.|
|11-9-10||Robin Emmons discusses the screening of "Fresh" at a downtown venue later in the day.|
|11-9-10||An election discussion involved a number of successful and unsuccessful candidates followed Emmons' presentation.|
|11-2-10||No Forum meeting; Election Day.|
|10-26-10||County commissioner candidates address the Forum.|
|10-26-10||Question about about CMS school closings draws comments from Jennfer Roberts, Howard Cogdell and Dan Murrey.|
|10-19-10||Candidates for the N.C. Legislature addressed the Forum. Page includes audio of candidates' opening statements.|
|10-12-10||CMS board members and Supt. Peter Gorman answer questions about plans to close or alter schools for fall 2011.|
|10-5-10||Candidates for Sheriff and District Attorney answer Forum questions.|
|9-21-10||Legislative candidates Charlie Dannelly, Ann Newman, Cedric Scott and Morgan Edwards addressed the Forum.|
|9-21-10||Proud sister Natheley marks the birthday of her brother Richard McElrath.|
|9-14-10||District Court candidates.|
|9-7-10||Trasha Black and Lisa Davis from Genesis Project describe their substance abuse and counseling services.|
|8-31-10||Forum participants offered solutions to education problems. Notes on the session are on web page or PowerPoint file.|
|8-31-10||Laura McClettie of the U.S. Census presented Sarah Stevenson with a thank you plaque for Forum's work on Census.|
|8-24-10||Ken Simmons outlined plans by the NAACP Education Committee to monitor CMS's Central Zone schools.|
|8-17-10||There's a new time for Forum meetings: 8:30 a.m. beginning Aug. 24.|
|8-10-10||Laura McClettie reports to the Forum on initial results of Census 2010.|
|8-3-10||CMS School Board Chair Eric Davis discusses community education issues.|
|7-27-10||Thomas Moore reads from his new book.|
|7-27-10||Parent University at CMS was the subject; Jeri Haigler and Carlenia Ivory were the presenters.|
|7-25-10||Test scores for the Central Zone secondary schools were prepared for Denise Watts' July 27 visit, which was postponed.|
|7-20-10||An open forum was held. No records of the discussion are available.|
|7-13-10||Marilyn Marks discussed the Charlotte area gleaning work of the Society of St. Andrew.|
|7-6-10||The Silver Fox Cheerleaders displayed some of their moves for the Forum.|
|7-3-10||We marked the Fourth of July with this note.|
|6-29-10||Denise Watts, incoming CMS official for low-performing secondary schools, discussed Spaugh's turnaround.|
|6-29-10||Six speakers discussed the future of the CMS Equity Committee.|
|6-15-10|| Maurice Jones and Ron Shepherd want to recalibrate the delivery of vocational education.
|6-8-10||Darryl Bego explained his Youth Development Initiatives afterschool skills training efforts.|
|6-8-10||Ken Koontz offered a suggestion on how to make the Forum more accessible to working people.|
|6-8-10||The Rev. Geoff Lowson of a northeast England parish explained his visit to Charlotte on behalf of aid to Botswana.|
|6-1-10||The Friendship Garden and upcoming expansion of urban gardening initiatives: Lucy Bush Carter and associates.|
|5-25-10||Carolyn Flowers, CEO of Charlotte Area Transit, discusses fare hikes, advertising and other transit issues.|
|5-18-10||Educators call a community meeting to discuss appeal to commissioners for a sales tax hike to boost county revenues.|
|5-18-10||Sarah Stevenson honored by the N.C. Alliance of N.C. Black Elected Officials.|
|5-10-10||Charlotte City Council member Susan Burgess issues statement on her health.|
|5-4-10||No Forum. Primary Election Day.|
|4-27-10||Judge and sheriff candidates in the May 4 primary address the Forum.|
|4-20-10||Candidates for N.C. House addressed the Forum.|
|4-13-10||Candidates for N.C. House addressed the Forum.|
|4-6-10||Nonincumbent N.C. Senate candidates Morgan Edwards, Vince Coscia and John Montgomery address Forum.|
|3-30-10||Budget situation discussed by CMS Supt. Peter Gorman and County Manager Harry Jones.|
|3-29-10||Rep. Mel Watt plans Town Hall on April 1 at Johnson C. Smith University's Chapel.|
|3-23-10||Three legislators discuss controversy over voting records of members of the Meckenburg delegation.|
|3-16-10||Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx marks his first 100 days in office in speech to the Forum.|
|3-9-10||YMCA McCrorey Branch Al Austin showed a video, discussed the branch's Second Ward roots.|
|3-2-10||Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe addressed the Forum.|
|2-16-10||Forum watches video "A War Four Your Soul."|
|2-9-10||B.B. DeLaine discusses the era of desegregation efforts and the unmet challenges of discrimination.|
|2-2-10||Forum quizzes elected officials from City Council, County Commission and school board. Audio answers to questions|
|1-26-10||Catherine C. (Kitty) Huffman remembrance; fought to desegregate Mecklenburg schools, community groups.|
|1-19-10||Here is a transcript of the Forum discussion of programs aimed at at-risk youth.|
|1-19-10||Alvin Wallace scribes a startup mentoring program titled Youth Empowered to Bring Change.|
|1-18-10||MLK Day took Right Moves for Youth mentors and mentees to Queens University of Charlotte for a day of exploration.|
|1-12-10||The Annual Party. The Year-In-Review in Pictures presented at the Annual Party is here.|
|1-5-10||Sharon Wright described the motorsports career awareness program operating at Garinger High School.|
|12-15-09||Tayaunee Dewberry described the mentoring work of Right Moves for Youth.|
|12-15-09||Vincent King described the life skills training work of First Tee of Charlotte.|
|12-15-09||Jeremiah Hopes described the goals of his private therapy practice.|
|12-8-2009||Derrick Long described the mentoring work of the Police Activities League, formerly Police Athletics League.|
|12-8-09||Elijah Watson described the mentoring work of STARS Math and English Academy, which he founded in 2000.|
|12-1-09||Brian Willis from 100 Black Men described that organization's mentoring efforts.|
|11-24-09||Rev. Ricky Woods discusses education programs that recommitted the First Baptist Church-West congregation.|
|1-17-09||Lawrence Toliver describes the work of the Charlotte chapter of the National Black Child Development Institute.|
|11-10-09||Cathy Sheafor outlines plans for Charlotte Community School for Girls, projected to open in fall 2010.|
|11-3-09||The Forum did not meet. Here is an audio of Mayor-elect Anthony Foxx's speech during his Oct. 20 visit.|
|11-1-09||Oops, we're several days late removing the info on early voting.|
|10-27-07||Three of the four candidates in City Council Districts 6 and 7 address the forum.|
|10-27-07||The Forum marks Sarah Stevenson's birthday.|
|10-20-09||Mayoral candidates Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter address the Forum.|
|10-13-09||Seven of eight candidates for at-large City Council seats addressed the Forum.|
|10-6-09||The only school board candidate in District 6 to appear for a Forum conversation was John Ross.|
|9-29-09||U.S. Rep. Mel Watt discusses federal heath care bills.|
|9-22-09||School board candidates in District 3 addressed the Forum.|
|9-15-09||The Forum did not meet on Primary Election Day. We posted this list of the winners Tuesday night.|
|9-8-09||School board candidates in District 1, 2 and 5 addressed the forum.|
|9-1-09||Republican mayoral candidates Martin Davis and John Lassiter address the Forum.|
|8-25-09||More City Council candidates appear at the Forum.|
|8-18-09||At-large Republican candidates for City Council, along with District 1 Democrat Patsy Kinsey, meet with the forum.|
|8-11-09||At-large Democratic candidates in the Sept. 15 City Council Democratic Party primary spoke.|
|8-4-09||CMS Supt. Peter Gorman defends his budget cuts.|
|7-28-08||The Forum takes a field trip to see Freedom School Harambee hour at Johnson C. Smith University.|
|7-21-09||CMS's Curtis Carroll introduced West Charlotte High's new principal, Shelton Jefferies.|
|7-14-09||No records were made of this Open Forum.|
|7-7-09||MeckEd officials offered a presentation on trends in public school achievement locally and nationally.|
|6-30-09||Kenneth A. Simmons on education of African-American children from the point of view of a black educator.|
|6-23-09||Five prospective candidates for school board explain why they plan to run in Districts 1, 2 and 3.|
|6-23-09||Practicing genealogist Dr. Vernon M. Herron presented a paper on people and places discovered locally.|
|6-16-09||Nathaniel Cooper announced candidacy for U.S. House; Ken Koontz suggested more than a 7-line obituary.|
|6-9-09||J.C. Smith University President Ronald Carter presented.|
|6-2-09||Veteran civil rights attorney Julius Chambers chastises Charlotte for silence over low high school graduation rates.|
|5-12-09||Eunice Dudley pledged that Dudley Beauty College – Charlotte would begin forging new ties with its local community.|
|5-5-09||County Manager Harry Jones discussed budget issues during a Forum visit.|
|4-28-09||Update on Middle School Matters afterschool programs at CMS middle schools.|
|4-21-09||Two agencies are collaborating to encourage CMS to adopt a character education program.|
|4-20-09||On April 19, Molly Griffin e-mailed responses to questions asked during her April 7 visit at the Forum.|
|4-14-09||Terry Ellington from HIV/AIDS Regional Consortium and Trish Hobson of the Emergency Winter Shelter.|
|4-7-09||CMS Board Chairperson Molly Griffin addresses the Forum.|
|3-31-09||More women who were first during Carolinas desegregation. Page incomplete; photos only.|
|3-24-09||Mary Wilson from DSS speaks to the Forum; Willie Ratchford outlines crisis in parenting.|
|3-17-09||Three women -- Sarah Coleman, Anna Hood and Thereasea Elder -- who were "firsts" during Carolinas desegregation.|
|3-10-09||Charlotte Observer editorial writer Fannie Flono recounted a decade and more of writing about education.|
|3-3-09||The Forum did not meet due to icy roads.|
|2-24-09||The Housing Authority's Charles Woodyard backs off "housing czar" notion but cites need for leadership.|
|2-17-09||Katie Oates announces an effort to turn land off North Tryon Street into gardens to benefit neighborhood residents.|
|2-10-09||Ken Koontz showed and discussed WENS-TV video coverage of Inauguration Week.|
|2-3-09||Robert Dawkins from DemocracyNC reviewed that group's suggested reforms of N.C. election finance law.|
|1-27-09||John Crawford and the Rev. Marty McCarthy discuss plans for a westside Christian Classical school|
|1-20-09||Eric Guckian explains principal training goals for New Leaders for New Schools.|
|1-13-09||School board appointee James Ross backs off pledge not to run for election, addresses other issues.|
|1-6-09||LaWana Mayfield and Si Kahn of Grassroots Leadership explain their justice system advocacy work in Mecklenburg.|
|12-16-08||Dr. Thomas Moore offers a discount on his new DVD, "Come Sing and Dance With Us."|
|12-16-08||The Forum has its annual Christmas Party.|
|12-9-08||Durham's Rev. Melvin Whitley pushing a grassroots movement to restrict sale of ammunition to stop the killing.|
|12-9-08||Funds are needed to send the West Charlotte High School Cheerleaders to the Liberty Bowl.|
|12-04-08||An e-mail from the community urging collaboration in reopening Hall House for use by homeless families.|
|12-2-08||Memorials opened the Forum on the occasion of the death of Forum co-founder Mary Elizabeth Anthony Brooks.|
|12-2-08||Pam Jefsen on disaster response by the American Red Cross.|
|11-25-08||The Forum did not meet during Thanksgiving Week.|
|11-18-08||Hospice officials describe their work, seek volunteers in black community.|
|11-11-08||The Belk-Thalheimer contest for Mecklenburg District Court dominated discussion of the Nov. 4 election.|
|11-11-08||Martha Gamble Hall read from her new children's Christmas book, "A Note From Santa."|
|11-4-08||The Forum did not meet on Election Day.|
|10-28-08||Candidates for N.C. Senate, N.C. House and other positions appear; bond discussion held.|
|10-21-08||Candidates for N.C. House and 9th District Democratic candidate Harry Taylor address the Forum.|
|10-14-08||Candidates in District Court Judge contests address the Forum.|
|10-7-08||Impromptu tributes to Valerie Woodard, county commissioner and Forum participant, who died Friday, Oct. 3.|
|10-7-08||All county commissioner candidates were invited, but only the Democrats attended.|
|9-30-08||Candidate for N.C. Governor, Beverly Perdue, addresses the Forum.|
|9-23-08||Sue Gorman headlines program on Parent University, launched this month by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.|
|9-16-08||CMS Supt. Peter Gorman projects lower reading scores in October among community's African-American students.|
|9-9-08||First Legacy Credit Union and Anita Stroud Preschool Program.|
|9-2-08||Members of the Swann Fellowship discuss published paper, "Education and Poverty in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools."|
|8-26-08||New leaders in city, county government administration are introduced.|
|8-19-08||Nutrition Coalition is a group of nonprofits collaborating to address hunger issues in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.|
|8-12-08||Laura McClettie presented material on Census 2010.|
|7-29-08||Bruce Hamlett from United Family Services outlines efforts to reach homeowners before foreclosures occur.|
|7-22-08||Police Chief Rodney Monroe outlines initial plans for the department|
|7-15-08||McCrorey YMCA Executive Director Keith Vinson makes pitch for branch's capital campaign.|
|7-8-08||County Manager Harry Jones makes a plea for more citizen involvement.|
|7-1-08||Ahmad Daniels promotes civil rights tour, prompting discussion about how Charlotte sat out the civil rights movement.|
|6-24-08||Robert Dawkins and two Democracy South interns make case for N.C. election finance reform.|
|6-17-08||During open forum, Mecklenburg County General Services Manager Leon Miller reported in upcoming reorganization.|
|6-10-08||Pictures of Democratic Party chair Joel Ford, plus report on N.C. Labor Commissioner candidate John Brooks.|
|6-3-08||Supt. Peter Gorman discusses poverty and its impact on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.|
|5-27-08||Marlon Smith discusses the stage production of "Real Men Talking," slated for Friday at Spirit Square.|
|5-20-08||Ulysses Ford, back to award a college scholarship his family supports, talks about his native city.|
|5-13-08||Self-described millionaire Alvin Curry pitches his networking company as a way to riches, and lower taxes.|
|5-7-08||Names of primary election winners. Full results at Meckelenburg Board of Elections and N.C. Board of Elections.|
|5-6-08||No meeting. Primary election day.|
|4-29-08||Ninth District Congress primary contestants Ross Owenby and Harry Taylor.|
|4-22-08||Five candidates for District Court in Mecklenburg's countywide district.|
|4-15-08||Commissioner candidate Harold Cogdell, insurance commissioner hopeful Nathaniel Cooper, Obama staffer Trista Allen|
|4-8-08||N.C. House candidates Edy Brotherton in District 103 and Nick Mackey and Drew Saunders in District 99|
|4-1-08||N.C. House candidates Mary Richardson, Kellly Alexander and Lloyd Scher address the Forum.|
|3-18-08||County commissioner candidates Jennifer Roberts and Dan Murrey.|
|3-11-08||8th Annual Black History Concert announced. Hear Tomi Tupponce sing.|
|3-4-08||Small portion of need being met for afterschool care, CMS officials tell the Forum.|
|3-2-08||Church in the Round at Myers Park United Methodist celebrates 10 years of bringing people together across race lines|
|2-26-08||West Charlotte High School Gospel Choir performs under the direction of Daniel Anthony Heath|
|2-19-08||Veteran broadcaster Ken Koontz discusses African-Americans' early years in the business|
|2-10-08||Toronto Star reporter Leslie Scrivener's report on resegregation of CMS schools|
|2-5-08||Partial report of appearance by Generation Engage leaders Decker Ngongang and Rod Garvin|
|1-8-08||An update on school discipline from Council for Children's Rights and a top CMS official|
|12-18-07||Pictures from the annual Christmas Party|
|12-4-07||Sheriff candidate Nick Mackey presents himself as an educated, prepared choice to succeed Jim Pendergraph|
|11-20-07||League of Women Voters issues call to action to bolster equity funding in CMS public schools|
|11-13-07||John Crawford, Nick Gennett and Marty McCarthy present on Regent Schools of Charlotte plans for westside school.|
|11-6-07||Elections Day results|
|10-23-07||Candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council|
|10-16-07||Candidates for at-large seats on the Board of Education|
|10-9-07||The many facial expressions of Mayoral candidate Pat McCrory|
|10-2-07||Charlotte Observer covers visit of Mayoral candidate Beverly Earle|
|9-23-07||Planning Director Debra Campbell outlines community's growth policy.|
|8-28-07||Don Reid makes case for voting to repeal the current half-cent sales tax that supports transit.|
|8-21-07||Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton wins plaudits for his honesty.|
|8-14-07||Trent Merchant and Jennifer Roberts on two aspects of voter engagement.|
|7-24-07||CMS Supt. Peter Gorman makes pitch for bonds, fears impact of loss at polls in November.|
|7-10-07||City Council members James Mitchell and Michael Barnes discuss transit tax issues.|
|6-12-07||Chiropractor Neil Pai discusses five factors toward good health and reviews his practice.|
|6-5-07||Consultant Kellie Anderson seeks more disabled young people who could benefit from job placement services.|
|5-30-07||POST President Claire Tate describes Middle School Matters afterschool programs to open this fall.|
|5-24-07||Identity theft hits poor communities hardest, counselor Mary Williams says.|
|5-17-07||Commissioners Chair Jennifer Roberts distributed this CMS school bonds proposal at the May 8 Forum.|
|5-15-07||A discussion explores a generational leadership gap in the African American community.|
|5-8-07||School board member George Dunlap discusses a range of current school issues.|
|5-1-07||This forum had no main speaker, and it began in song.|
|4-24-07||School board chair Joe White makes case for school bonds to accommodate district's growth, renovation needs.|
|4-10-07||Winners PLUS Executive Director Blanche Penn explains "Just Pull 'em Up" campaign.|
|4-3-07||New Parks and Recreation Director Jim Garges introduces himself.|
|3-27-07||James Ross on how keeping an open mind can minimize conflict in a diverse society.|
|3-20-07||Thereasea Elder on the struggle to integrate Mecklenburg public health nursing.|
|3-13-07||Bertha Maxwell Roddy on a life of "firsts" as a black female educator, including confronting a Klan cyclops in the '70s.|
|3-6-07||Ella Scarborough, Sarah Stevenson and Valerie Woodard, first to serve on their respective elected bodies.|
|2-27-07||Average citizens of the Eastside Council helped end job discrimination in 1960s Charlotte using nothing but a chair|
|2-20-07||Former City Council member Ron Leeper on how to spark community change|
|2-9-07||UNC Law School Dean John Charles Boger on CMS policies that "put schoolchildren at risk." Comments on speech|
|2-8-07||Jonathan Tilove of Newhouse Newspapers quotes Charlottean Decker Ngongang, others on Barack Obama|
|2-6-07||Lew Myers on the 35-year effort to build up black businesses in North Carolina|
|1-30-07||Charlotte native John Ross recalls the vibrancy of the Brooklyn neighborhood destroyed during the 1960s|
|1-23-07||West Charlotte High Principal John Modest says his school needs more socioeconomic diversity|
|1-18-07||Jonathan Tilove of Newshouse Newspapers on MLK Boulevards|
|12-19-06||The Forum holds its annual Christmas Party.|