Recently at the Forum


Announcements

As of 1-25-2022
Phanalphie Rhue from U.S. Rep. Alma Adams’ office encouraged teens in 8th through 11th grade to apply to be part of FEMA’s 2022 Youth Preparedness Council. Details here.
Upcoming Events
Jan. 27: U.S. Rep. Alma Adams’ State of the District address, 11 a.m. Huntersville, 7 p.m. in Charlotte; Both events also virtual. Link for registering is at bottom of flier.
Jan. 29: Men of Honor Expo, noon-4 p.m., Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Rd. Flier here.
Jan. 29: Meet MoLi (pronounced Molly; picture above right), Mecklenburg County’s mobile library, 10 a.m.-noon, Eastway Regional Rec Center, 3150 Eastway Park Dr. Info here. Video here.
Feb. 7: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 12:50-3 p.m. Info and registration here.
Feb. 9: Lunch with the League, virtual, 11:30 a.m, via Zoom.
Feb. 11: “Talking Policy in the Queen City,” a UNCC Public Policy Doctoral Program event, free and public, 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Register here.
Feb. 15: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 8:50-11 a.m. Info and registration here.
March 1: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 8:50-11 a.m. Info and registration here.
March 14: Virtual training on infectious disease prevention and control, focused on COVID-19, free, virtual, 12:50-3 p.m. Info and registration here.
April 30: Black Political Caucus Annual Fundraising Gala, (pushed back from Feb. 5 due to current Covid numbers), 6 p.m. Ticket sales here.
July 18-23: Diamond Tours trip with Dr. Blanche Penn to the Gulf Coast for casino attractions.
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.
News & Handouts
Alma Adams 1-20 1-21 1-24
Natasha Marcus 1-21
Carol Sawyer 1-24
Dirt Road PAC 1-20 1-24 1-25
Mecklenburg Board Bulletin 1-24
NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 1-21
New Rural Project 1-20
Read Charlotte 1-25
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Announcements Archive

Education & Health

1-25-2022

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

1-24-2022

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

1-4-2022

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

12-31-2021

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

11-30-2021

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

11-18-2021

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

11-5-2021

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

11-2-2021

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

10-26-2021

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.

10-20-2021

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

10-19-2021

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

9-28-2021

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.

9-28-2021

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

9-21-2021

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

9-21-2021

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

9-3-2021

A “massive community response” is needed to rescue young readers from effects of pandemic, Read Charlotte says.

8-24-2021

Officials from Atrium Health and their real estate development partner, Wexford Science & Technology, shared some initial information about the Wake Forest/Atrium medical school project.

8-20-2021

Land under the future med school was once home to some of the maids and orderlies, pressers and yardmen who helped build the City of Charlotte and nurture the medical colossus named Atrium.

8-17-2021

CMS Board Chair Elyse Dashew and other school board members fielded questions about the upcoming startup of CMS schools.

8-16-2021

Improving middle grade education should focus on the adults, not the schoolhouse grade structures, report says.

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Education & Health

Housing, Work, Community

1-18-2022

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

1-11-2022

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

12-14-2021

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

12-7-2021

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

11-16-2021

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

11-9-2021

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

11-1-2021

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

10-12-2021

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.

10-5-2021

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

9-27-2021

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

9-14-2021

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

6-15-2021

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

5-11-2021

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.

4-13-2021

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.

3-20-2021

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

3-10-2020

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

2-25-2020

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

1-7-2020

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

11-12-2019

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

7-9-2019

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

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Housing & Workplace

Commentary

1-17-2022

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

1-17-2022

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

1-1-2022

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

12-15-2021

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

12-6-2021

Veteran principal Ken Simmons says he’s ready to help CMS, if only the system would let him do so.

12-5-2021

Self-taught artist Charlie Lucas continues to work from his visions and dreams to link future generations to his ancestors.

12-1-2021

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

11-17-2021

Ann McColl offers an “historical account of calls for racial justice in North Carolina, and the almost immediate pushback.”

11-12-2021

A Nov. 9 Atrium update on its med school Innovation District raises another question.

11-1-2021

DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on nurse Mary Eliza Mahoney, above.

10-1-2021

DonnaMarie Woodson continues her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on educator Mary Jane Patterson.

9-10-2021

Arthur Griffin displays the pandemic’s role in a longtime erosion of reading skills and asks, where’s the outrage?

9-2-2021

DonnaMarie Woodson opens her series, ‘Incredible Black Women You Should Know About,” with an essay on poet Phillis Wheatley.

6-8-2021

Thelma McKoy taught history to students in schools, and to her Charlotte community through early devotion to Juneteenth celebrations.

4-27-2021

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

11-1-2020

In the run-up to a contentious election, the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry called on Americans to hold on to hope.

8-1-2020

DonnaMarie shares her awe at a passionate Change Maker who is 9 years old.

7-25-2020

June 25, 2020 A statement to Bishops of the Episcopal Church by Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, June 13, 2020.   

6-6-2020

Commentary on the protests following the death in police custody of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

6-25-2019

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

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Community Matters

Government & Politics

12-7-2021

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

12-7-2021

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

11-30-2021

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

11-12-2021

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

9-7-2021

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

8-31-2021

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

8-6-2021

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

8-4-2021

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

7-20-2021

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

7-13-2021

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.

6-29-2021

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

6-8-2021

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

5-25-2021

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

5-4-2021

Sheriff Garry McFadden, left, on Covid crisis, Elizabeth City, and how Mecklenburg citizens can support residents returning from custody.

4-27-2021

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, left, discussed the American Rescue Plan, American Jobs Plan and the Ignite HBCU Excellence Act.

4-20-2021

CMPD Chief Johnny Jenning’s statement following the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in the death of George Floyd.

4-20-2021

CMPD Chief Johnny Jennings, left, and Jonathan Chow discussed policing and safety in Charlotte.

3-16-2021

City Council member Malcolm Graham, left and Corridors of Opportunity Project Manager Cherie Smith give an update on Beatties Ford Road corridor projects.

3-9-2021

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, left, and County Board Chair George Dunlap addressed homeless, Covid-19 issues and answered questions.

1-11-2021

James Mitchell says he will resign from Charlotte City Council due to his upcoming part ownership of Leeper Construction.

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Government & Politics

Candidates & Ballots

12-9-2021

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

11-3-2021

Index of materials about candidates in the 2022 election.

11-4-2020

A compilation of notes from Election 2020 candidates.

11-3-2020

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

9-25-2020

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

3-3-2020

Preliminary results from the March 3, 2020 party primaries for offices in which Mecklenburg votes.

2-18-2020

Democrat Cynthia Wallace addressed the Forum on her primary contest for the 9th District Congress seat.

2-11-2020

Judge Aretha Blake’s statements on a Feb. 6 media report about cases in her courtroom.

2-11-2020

Cal Cunningham, left, and Trevor Fuller offered comments on the five-way Democratic primary contest March 3 for the U.S. Senate seat held by Thom Tillis.

2-4-2020

George Dunlap, left, and three other candidates in the March 3 primary discussed county and court issues.

1-28-2020

Rev. Brenda Stevenson (pictured), N.C. Sen. Mujtaba Mohammed and N.C. Rep. Becky Carney discussed mostly legislative challenges facing the state.

1-21-2020

Seven of the eight Democrats in the March 3 primary for 3 county commissioner slots on the November ballot spoke.

1-14-2020

Laura Anthony, left, and Jonathan Peebles are running for legislative seats in the March primary.

1-8-2020

A challenge to Darrell Bonapart’s candidacy in the N.C. Senate 39 Democratic primary was upheld by the Mecklenburg Board of Elections

11-5-2019

Election-night preliminary results from the Nov. 5 election.

10-22-2019

Vi Lyles explained her candidacy for re-election as Charlotte mayor, and spoke of a number of things she’s learned in her first term.

10-15-2019

Republican Joshua Richardson, left, and incumbent Democrats Dimple Ajmera, Julie Eiselt, James Mitchell and Braxton Winston addressed the Forum.

10-8-2019

Brandon Pierce, left, and other candidates for City Council Districts 2, 4 and 6 presented.

9-24-2019

Annette Albright, left and Elyse Dashew presented at the second Forum on CMS Board of Education candidates.

9-17-2019

Who will guide the education of these children? First of two sessions with CMS school board candidates. (CMS photo)

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Candidates & Ballots

Inside the Forum

1-4-2022

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

12-21-2021

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

12-3-2021

Sarah Stevenson is among portraits on Abel Jackson’s mural at West End Seafood on Beatties Ford Road.

11-13-2021

A land line has been installed in Sarah Stevenson’s room.

10-31-2021

Sarah Stevenson “was very happy to see her friends and family,” Elloree Erwin writes.

10-18-2021

Sarah Stevenson’s family plans a drop-in to mark her 96th birthday.

10-13-2021

Sarah Stevenson joined her friends at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church on Sept. 19.

6-13-2021

For 40-plus years, the Forum met face-to-face. Then came COVID-19. An update on the path forward.

5-5-2021

Isaac Applewhite, a longtime county parks executive and Forum participant, has died.

4-22-2021

Hugs were allowed today as Natheley McElrath and Elloree Erwin visited Sarah Stevenson.

12-17-2020

Sarah Stevenson update: Visitations are now severely limited by virus outbreak, Elloree Erwin reports.

11-12-2020

In-facility visits are being scheduled with Sarah Stevenson, sister Elloree Erwin says.

11-1-2020

Updates from Elloree Erwin on Sarah Stevenson and the family’s plans for legacy projects.

10-26-2020

Well-wishers took a 95th birthday celebration to Sarah Stevenson via a drive-thru in University City.

10-23-2020

Elloree Erwin offers driving instructions for the Oct. 26 birthday drive-by for Sarah Stevenson.

10-9-2020

A drive-by will be held Oct. 26 to wish Sarah Stevenson a Happy 95th birthday.

10-4-2020

Artist Tommie Robinson’s 50-year career profiled in the Charlotte Observer.

9-26-2020

Dr. Gyasi Foluke, an outspoken advocate for African-Americans and longtime student of African history, has died.

9-21-2020

An update from Elloree Erwin about Forum co-founder Sarah Stevenson.

9-16-2020

U.S. Rep. Alma Adams honored Sarah Stevenson in a floor speech in the U.S. House.

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Inside the Forum