Recently at the Forum


As of 6-21-2022
Through Aug. 19: Beatties Ford Road Vocational Center’s PG-13 Summer Tech Camp, $75/week first child, $40 for 2nd through 6th. Details on flier.
June 22: Pride Patton 88th Birthday Celebration, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Genesis Project, 5104 Reagan Dr. Ste. 5.
June 22: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 8:50 a.m.-11 a.m. Info and registration here.
June 23-26: MeckMIN Summer Interfaith Youth Camp for those 10th-12th grade. Register here.
June 25: Council of Elders “Know Your Rights Healing: Racialized Trauma Edition,” 11-a.m.-3 p.m., Plaza Road Academy, 1000 Anderson St., lunch provided.
June 25: Friends & Family Day with April Benson’s Sisters Helping In Educational Leadership & Development, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 5631 Mount Holly-Huntersville Rd.
June 26: “The Frankie Mae Foundation: Care for the Caregiver,” 3 p.m., free, Zoom. Register here.
July 6: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 8:50-11a.m. Info and registration here.
June 29: Alma Adams Men’s Health Symposium, 10-11 a.m., virtual. Register here.
July 14-16: Afrofuturism Fest & Unconference by City Startup Labs. Thursday 6-8 p.m. “Libations & Liberation,” free, Dubois Center, 320 E. 9th St., Register; Friday 4-8 p.m. “Family Fun Fest,” VAPA Center, 700 N. Tryon St., Register; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., “(un)Conference & Colab,” free, Dubois Center, 320 E. 9th St., Register.
July 16: Food drive, 1-4 p.m., at Reeder Memorial Baptist Church, 3725 Beatties Ford Rd. Suggested items for families in need listed on flier.
July 18: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 12:50-3 p.m. Info and registration here.
July 18-23: Diamond Tours trip with Dr. Blanche Penn to the Gulf Coast for casino attractions.
Aug. 3: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 8:50-11a.m. Info and registration here.
Aug. 22: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 12:50-3 p.m. Info and registration here.
Sept. 12-16: Diamond Tours trip with Dr. Blanche Penn to Cincinnati for Ark Encounter, Creation Museum, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center – and a casino.
Oct. 22: Council of Elders Expungement Clinic, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1000 Anderson St. Pre-register at website here.
Jan. 21: Council of Elders Expungement Clinic, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 1000 Anderson St. Pre-register at website here.
Candidates & Elected Officials
Alma Adams 6-17
Dimple Ajmera 6-15 6-19 6-19
Joyce Waddell 6-15 6-20
Nonprofits & Government
Charlotte Area Fund 6-16
Dirt Road PAC 6-16
NC Administrative Office of the Courts 6-21
New Rural Project 6-17
Obama Foundation 6-15 6-16
Sol Nation 6-18
UNCC Urban Institute 6-16
Urban League 6-18
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Education & Health


CMS CTE Director Susan Gann-Carroll outlined successes and challenges in offering all teens a way to find a niche for their skills and interests in the post-secondary world.


The plan for the next school bond issue: Will it get the attention it deserves?


Shamaiye Haynes, left, and Men Tchaas Ari presented the Community Learning Centers concept being pursued by their respective organizations.


Forum participants discuss the future of CMS, in light of school board’s decision to fire Supt. Earnest Winston.


A permanent program to subsidize Internet access fees is now available to low-income households.


Bea Thompson led a discussion of health and wellness challenges affecting Black women in particular, and how to address them.


Barbara Ledford, former West Charlotte High principal and inspiration to many of her students, died Dec. 30.


Jennifer De La Jara, left, and Betty Howell Gray led a discussion of challenges facing the community’s children, their teachers and CMS.


Charlotte-based Profound Gentlemen issued an annual report on its educator support efforts.


Dr. Raynard Washington, incoming health director, reports on Omicron variant and projects under way at the Mecklenburg Health Department.


Influential physician and community leader Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown has died.


Read Charlotte report shows signs of hope for reading interventions to improve pandemic-dampened literacy skills.


Alexandra Arrington outlined how Digital Navigators help mend the digital divide, one person at a time.


Dr. Ricky Woods, left, and Dr. Dennis Williams outlined how their Faith Alliance is not getting answers from CMS about efforts to help struggling schoolchildren.


C.W. Williams Community Health Center has relocated medical services to Old Pineville Road while Wilkinson Boulevard building is replaced.


Dr. Kendra Jason, left, and Dr. Julian Montoro-Rodriguez outlined the support available from a UNCC program aimed at both paid and volunteer caregivers.


Thomas Osha from Baltimore developer Wexford helped Atrium Health’s Gene Woods explain to county officials their plans for an innovation district on urban renewal land north of Dilworth.


Supt. Earnest Winston outlined plans under way to help children catch up from pandemic learning loss.


Stephanie Sneed led a Black Political Caucus Q&A with Supt. Earnest Winston and other CMS officials.


Read Charlotte’s Munro Richardson leads a discussion on how organizations are collaborating to address reading achievement gaps.

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Community & Housing


Long before social media and GoFundMe, Laura McClettie and friends brought their community together through financial support of its endangered institutions.


LaToya Faustin, left, and Marion Pulse outlined a vision of bringing awareness of the trades to young children, when they begin matching their interests with the world of work.


Curt Peters, left, led four other Charlotte media people in looking at the past, present and future of coverage of the Black community.


Charis Blackmon explained the efforts by West Side Charlotte Land Trust to make homes affordabe in west side neighborhoods for the people who have long lived there are but face gentrification pressures.


Ginny Harper led a group presentation about assistance programs available to low-income residents.


Sherri Chisholm explained how Leading on Opportunity focused on a community response to easing barriers to social mobility will fit into the picture.


Mayor Vi Lyles’ Racial Equity Initiative took a $250 million turn Monday. A listing of media coverage.


Center City Partners and Historic West End are trying to mesh their planning visions for overcoming the split caused by I-77 in the 1970s.


Mecklenburg is making $340 grants available to qualified applicants to help them stay in their homes.


JCSU Archivist Brandon Lunsford outlined what’s ahead for a long-term project on Black Charlotte neighborhoods.


Keith Rivers, left, addressed the Forum about protests following the April 21 death of Andrew Brown Jr. in Elizabeth City.


Marcus Bass, left, from NC Black Alliance and Stephanie Sneed from the Black Political Caucus review efforts to activate black voters and create multi-ethnic political action.


Serita Russell, left, was lead plaintiff in the successful lawsuit over landlord malfeasance at Lake Arbor Apartments.


April Benson, left, and Patricia Campbell described the upcoming Charlotte Black Film Festival; Paula Riddick collected surveys about hiring a new police chief.


Emiene Wright, left, and Katrina Louis discussed Westside Connect, a startup media project aimed at westside neighborhoods.


Susan Woods offered tips on how to create a federally recognized nonprofit, and then how to seek funding.


Winston Robinson, left, and Tera Long led discussion about westside equity and ambulance charges.


Brandon Lunsford shared Johnson C. Smith University’s interest in becoming an archive for West End Charlotte historical documents.


Dr. Debra C. Smith recounts the development of a publishing project telling the stories of women who served Charlotte during the civil rights era.


Constance Lav Johnson completed part of a presentation on grantwriting and fundraising.

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Housing, Work, Community

Growing Business


An overview of the Growing Business category.


A study tracks the implications of continuing inequities in entrepreneurial opportunity.


John McDonald created at LaSalle and Beatties Ford a community meeting spot. The building’s new owner is seeking historic status for the site.


Steven Coker was among City of Charlotte staffers describing efforts to include minority-owned firms in city contracting.


Guide published to the 20-some murals along Beatties Ford Road.


Kevin Price, left, led the Durham-based National Institute of Minority Economic Development in a review of their work in a five-state area.


Rachelle Latimer, left, has pursued an entrepreneurial path to success. Her words may be inspiring to those who are committed, driven and hungry.


CEO Teddy McDaniel, left, and COO Dr. Fahnie Shaw discuss how the Urban League is targeting economic gaps and employment opportunities.


Chris Dennis says he listens to the community, hires off the street and in doing so is revitalizing the Beatties Ford Road corridor.


Dr. Shanté Williams described her work as an angel investor and as head of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce.


Ralphine Caldwell reviews the initial months in the Charlotte work of Local Initiatives Support Corp.


Najah Roberts, chief visionary officer for Crypto Blockchain Plug, believes cryptocurrency will affect everyone, whether or not they invest in Bitcoin or other digital products.


Marvin Kelly described Goodwill Industries’ training and other missions and answered questions.


Michael Norman is using his electrical contractor business to give young people a chance for a steady job.


Derek Webber recounted his efforts to keep his company’s Battle of the Bands in Charlotte, only to leave for Houston.


Ervin Bryson introduced his Carolina Energy arena football team and invited the public to attend games and get to know the team better.


Keysha Walker Taylor outlined the investments being made by the African American Community Foundation in Charlotte’s black community.


Jesse Cureton described his life from its beginnings in Southside Homes to the C-suite at Novant Health. Cureton talked about the One Charlotte project, and how Novant is finding ways to support the people left behind in a constantly upscaling city.


City Council member James Mitchell offers his view of why Charlotte lost the CIAA tournament.


Dr. Tonnia Thomas has a nonprofit ready to train people to work in hazardous waste and environmental cleanup projects.

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Government & Politics


Community Relations held a virtual session on its Americans With Disabilities Act Transition Plan.


County Tax Assessor Ken Joyner explained how NC law limits action to protect homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods from crushing tax bills.


City Manager Marcus Jones, left, and Mayor Vi Lyles fielded questions from constituents impatient for conditions to improve in underserved westside neighborhoods.


Longtime city and county leader Ella Scarborough has died, the Observer reported.


A report from library staff runs down ways in which racist attitudes and policies have shaped Mecklenburg County.


Alysia Osborne, left, and Interim Planning Director Alyson Craig gave an update on the city’s 2040 Plan.


Court of Superior Court Elisa Chinn-Gary says she has reconsidered, and will file for re-election.


District Court Judge Rickye McKoy-Mitchell announced her retirement effective next September.


Elisa Chinn-Gary, a 20-year veteran of the Mecklenburg courts, won’t seek re-election as Clerk of Superior Court.


A ceremony marked the retirement of Superior Court Judge Donnie Hoover.


Assistance with heating bills available this winter to low-income families.


Sen. Natasha Marcus, head of the Mecklenburg legislative delegation, reviewed successes and challenges in Raleigh.


Hannah Terrell, left, led a discussion of how the library system stays open to serve its users in the community – and nation.


Details on an FCC program offering help with affording broadband services.


Center City Partners is seeking public comment on its 2040 plan.


Chief Public Defender Kevin Tully outlined the work of 60 lawyers and support staff defending Mecklenburg citizens in court.


County Manager Dena Diorio gave an update on COVID, the county’s new budget, the struggle to properly shelter and support people evicted from a tent encampment, and the recasting of all county programs to support equity and justice.


Dr. Rebecca Tippett, left, presented material on the 2020 Census, and what information will be released in August.


District Attorney Spencer Merriweather outlines the challenges faced by the local judicial system during Covid.


Robert Dawkins, left, described how knocking on doors boosted Census accuracy, and how Action NC uses the same tools to influence decisions by government.

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Candidates & Ballots


Voting percentages for May 17 primaries in which Mecklenburg voters participated.


Stephanie De Sarachaga-Bilbao, Republican candidate for Charlotte Mayor, addressed Forum and fielded questions.


Candidates made last-week pitches for support from area voters as early voting continues and Primary Day looms May 17.


New ideas for prompting higher voter turnout were few and far between. Older methods were mentioned amid slow early voting.


Six hopefuls are on the May 17 Democratic primary ballot for three contested District Court seats.


Four of fiive Republicans seeking the nod in the GOP May 17 primary for Charlotte City Council At-Large seats answered questions.


The six Democrats in the May 17 primary for City Council at-large seats addressed the Forum and answered questions.


The Black Political Caucus announced its endorsements in contested primaries on the May 17 primary ballot.


Six Democrats are seeking an at-large seat on the county board.


Ram Mammadov, left, and Jeff Jackson discussed issues they want to pursue if elected to the U.S. House from the new 14th District.


Gina Hicks, Garry McFadden and Marquis Robinson discussed issues in the Democratic primary for Sheriff.


Alma Adams discussed her work in Congress. Four others did not attend session on District 12 Congress primaries.


Willis Draugh Jr. might be on the November ballot. He was among mayoral hopefuls at the Forum.


District Attorney candidates Tim Emry and Spencer Merriweather share their visions.


Courts completed reviews, rejected appeals, and boards of elections have resumed allowing candidates to file for the May 17 N.C. Primary.


The N.C. Supreme Court has ordered the legislature to redraw its district maps by Feb. 18.


NC Supreme Court delays March primary to May to give lower courts time to settle constitutional challenges to districting maps.


A compilation of notes from Election 2020 candidates.


Results from the Nov. 3, 2020 general elections for offices in which Mecklenburg votes.


Forum participants reflect on why they vote, for this series leading up to Election 2020.

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Forum & Commentary


Ceretha Sherrill shared personal reflections on the occasion of the upcoming Juneteenth celebration.


DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with Hollywood actress Frederika “Fredi” Washington, who refused to ‘pass’ in 1930s Hollywood.


Clips from May 31 Forum video focus on issues raised by initial use of Quad camera in Cisco Web Kit.


The room where the Forum has met in person since 2016 has had an upgrade since the pandemic lockdown.


Facilitators set May 24 as the date for resumption of in-person Forum meetings.


DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on NASA astronaut Mae Jemison.


The national Urban League has published “Under Siege: The Plot to Destroy Democracy.”


DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai.


Longtime Forum participant Tommie Robinson’s 75th birthday will be marked Saturday.


Facilitators met at Belmont Center, agreed that in-person meetings would resume after the May 17 primary election.


DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on Olympic gold medalist and civil rights activist Wilma Rudolph.


A McKinsey & Company study outlines issues faced by both immigrant and U.S.-born Latinos.


QCityMetro’s 2nd annual ‘Great 28″ list includes Forum co-founder Sarah Stevenson.


DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on White House Correspondent Alice Allison Dunnigan, shown above with President Harry Truman.


Ken Koontz marks the 40th anniversary of an MLK Day celebration in Charlotte.


Two Charlotte leaders share their disappointments over the work to move Dr. King’s dream toward reality.


The Forum adopted the name some people have long called it: Sarah Stevenson Tuesday Forum.


DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on Claudette Colvin, above.


The Forum will remain virtual until further notice as Charlotte and the U.S. prepare for COVID-19 Omicron.


The Rev. Fletcher Harper has a short list of resolutions to help reduce your personal carbon footprint.

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