Black History Month

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Announcements

As of 2-23-2021
Myra Foster sent in an announcement that she had moved her “In the Black” podcast here.
Maddi Pleasant sent in a link to a Virtual Open House for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan. A toolkit to help with promoting the plan is available, and more materials are available on that page. (Psst, coloring sheets in Spanish and English too.)
Upcoming Events
Feb. 23: Public meeting (virtual) on LYNX Silver Line route staff recommendations, 5:30 p.m. on YouTube. Topic: Focus Area 4: Independence Boulevard (Charlottetowne Avenue to Idlewild Rd). To join via phone dial: +1 301-715-8592. Webinar ID: 843 6215 9511. Survey to register support or concerns is here.
Feb. 23: “Doing the Work,” 7 p.m. Zoom session. Participants include local leaders and volunteers responding to Covid challenges. Info here. Register here.
Feb. 24: Free virtual workshop on the next Mecklenburg County budget, 6 p.m. “Open to anyone interested in giving their input on the budget.” Register here.
Feb. 25: Public meeting (virtual) on LYNX Silver Line route staff recommendations, 5:30 p.m. on YouTube. Topic: Focus Area 5: Independence Blvd (Idlewild Rd to just south of I-485 at CPCC Levine). To join via phone dial: +1 646-558-8656. Webinar ID: 849 4616 2021. Survey to register support or concerns is here.
Feb. 25: Virtual pitch to potential second-chance employers, 7:30 a.m. No registration details.
Feb. 27: Mecklenburg legislative delegation virtual listening session, 10 a.m. Advance registration required, here.
Feb. 27: Free virtual workshop on the next Mecklenburg County budget, 11 a.m. “Open to anyone interested in giving their input on the budget.” Register here.
March 2: Public meeting (virtual) on LYNX Silver Line route staff recommendations, 5:30 p.m. on YouTube. Topic: Focus Area 6: Union County Extension. To join via phone dial: +1 301-715-8592. Webinar ID: 847 2729 6111. Survey to register support or concerns is here.
April 29-May 1: “Ensuring Educational Equity and Cultural Competency…”, a Southeast regional virtual conference of the Alliance of Black School Educators. A girls group is to be added for this conference.
News & Handouts
Alma Adams 2-17
Leigh Altman 2-19 2-21
Natasha Marcus 2-17
Cynthia Wallace 2-15 2-18
Goodwill Industries 2-16
Knight Foundation 2-17 2-21
NC Dept. of Health & Human Services 2-19
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Announcements Archive

Education & Health

10-2-2020

President Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.

5-9-2020

COVID-19 updates were from the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services and the Mecklenburg County Manager.

4-15-2020

County Manager Dena Diorio’s COVID-19 update.

3-31-2020

Monika Rhue makes a plea that people let others in the community know all the good that people are doing during this coronavirus pandemic.

3-18-2020

Links to coronavirus resources from area governments and agencies.

3-16-2020

A large medical practice shared this information about the caronavirus pandemic with its Meckenburg patients today.

10-1-2019

Dr. Tuwanda Williamson, left, will help open the first Oak Street Health clinic catering to adults on Medicare.

7-23-2019

A large crowd, including longtime educator Ceretha Sherrill, left, contributed to a discussion of issues still to be dealt with after the resignation of CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox.

7-16-2019

CMS Board Vice Chair Elyse Dashew read a lawyer vetted statement about the suspension of CMS Supt. Clayton Wilcox.

7-8-2019

Greg Schermberg sent in a video about his company’s efforts to support family nights at two nearby schools.

7-2-2019

Crystal Rountree introduces herself, and a more diverse Teach For America corps now operating in CMS schools.

6-17-2019

Details here on free summer meals in some CMS schools and elsewhere.

4-9-2019

Janet Harmon and Cory Pharr outlined Smart Start early childhood initiatives, and the new Meck Basics program aimed at growing brains aged 0-3.

4-2-2019

Monika Rhue shared plans for a Johnson C. Smith University exhibit on the history of the Beatties Ford Road corridor now undergoing substantial change.

3-26-2019

Sonja Chisolm, left, Avice Pretty and Dr. Trasha Black are helping their clients rebuild their lives.

2-26-2019

Dr. Diane Bowles from JCSU discusses books published by the university.

1-29-2019

Robin Tolliver-Ayotunde offered a primer on basic insurance concepts, and promoted looking at options annually.

1-22-2019

Vakala explains a theory of “cultural strategy” that he is developing.

12-4-2018

Munro Richardson reviews communitywide efforts to help struggling readers.

11-13-2018

Three speakers added their perspectives on how to wrap children in what they need to thrive

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Education & Health

Community Matters

11-1-2020

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

6-6-2020

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

3-18-2020

Richard McElrath, veteran teacher, CMS board member and Forum participant, has died.

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.

11-12-2019

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

8-28-2019

Funeral for Dwayne Collins, who died Sunday after a battle with multiple myeloma, will be Friday, Aug. 30, with viewing at 11 a.m. and service at noon, at Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church, 6116 Monteith Dr.

7-9-2019

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

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.

6-18-2019

DeAlva Wilson, left, presented at a session on redevelopment plans for the demolished Eastland Mall site.

6-11-2019

Jessica Davis, left, and James Mitchell helped guide a Forum discussion of the future of the Historic Excelsior Club on Beatties Ford Road.

5-28-2019

The decision to forgive the man who took his brother’s life set John C Barnett on a course of advocacy.

5-14-2019

Malcolm Graham, left, led a panel discussing ways to move public opinion toward giving all people more protection from gun violence.

5-7-2019

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

4-30-2019

Lucille Puckett, left, and others raised community issues for discussion at Tuesday’s Forum.

4-16-2019

Mayor Vi Lyles, left, City Manager Marcus Jones and CMPD Police Chief Kerr Putney answer questions about release of video of police shooting.

4-2-2019

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

3-19-2019

Debbie Giibbs, left, and Tonya Rivens comment on the early days of local television news broadcasting.

3-12-2019

Jan Valder, left, Martha Alexander, Sara Spencer and Mary Klenz described their efforts to move causes forward, and to support one another.

3-5-2019

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

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Community Matters

Government & Politics

1-11-2021

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

9-18-2020

CATS has provided maps for proposed alternate routes for construction of the Silver Line light rail line from Gaston County to Matthews with a possible extension into Union County.

12-3-2019

Taiwo Jaiyeoba described his efforts to reorient multiple streams of planning documents into a single comprehensive plan to guide the future of Charlotte’s growth.

11-19-2019

George Grandy, left, and Robert Dawkins focused on how the formal U.S. Census process and grassroots efforts are linking up to encourage participation.

10-15-2019

Veteran Democratic strategist Sam Spencer explained his opposition to the ballot referendum on increasing the Mecklenburg sales tax to fund arts, parks and education.

10-8-2019

Commissioners Chair George Dunlap makes his case for voter support of a ballot proposal to raise the sales tax.

7-16-2019

Zhivi Williams, left, and Dr. Yolanda Holmes reported on efforts to overcome lack of diversity and resources on the Women’s Advisory Board to fulfill a role of advising Mecklenburg County Commissioners.

6-25-2019

Vilma Leake was invited to address the Forum.

5-21-2019

County Manager reviewed major planks of her proposed budget on which Commissioners will begin taking straw votes next week.

2-19-2019

During his Feb. 19 Forum presentation, Sheriff McFadden made a specific suggestion of how congregations could help support people leaving detention.

2-19-2019

George Dunlap, left and Garry McFadden discuss Mecklenburg issues.

9-25-2018

Jean Leier and Warren Cooksey offered an update on the I-77 express lanes and other toll roads in North Carolina.

9-18-2018

Fire Chief Reginald Johnson, left, joined Mayor Vi Lyles and Community Relations Director Willie Ratchford in discussing the city’s response to Hurricane Florence. Forum members made suggestions for additional improvements in emergency response.

8-28-2018

Stacey Carless, left, and Adam Sotak reviewed how the results of the 2020 Census will affect the funding for government programs.

7-10-2018

CMPD’s Shawn Ward helped Forum participants wrestle with a few of the issues facing police officers as they serve the community.

6-26-2018

Kareem Puranda suggests that all police officers go through mental health training, in the name of a better, more sensitized police force.

6-19-2018

Lisa Crawford presented the details of how turning your driver’s license into a federally approved REAL ID will save time at airports in 2020.

6-12-2018

City staff brought to the Forum by Council member Greg Phipps faced a range of questions about city’s budget.

5-22-2018

Trial Court Administrator Charleston Carter.

4-3-2018

At-large Charlotte City Council member James Mitchell offered an update on a variet\y of city programs, mostly turning on economic development.

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Government & Politics

Housing & Workplace

1-7-2020

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

6-25-2019

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

6-25-2019

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

6-4-2019

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

9-13-2018

Karen Kovach, left, and Juanita Miller explained Changed Choices’ work with women returning from jail or prison.

8-1-2018

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

7-24-2018

David Sharp, left, joined Patrick Cannon in a discussion of how Sharp’s firms are funneling capital to entrepreneurs who are building businesses.

3-20-2018

Three women shared their approaches to success in nonprofit and for-profit businesses in Charlotte.

1-16-2018

LaWana Mayfield and Pam Wideman describe some of the tools available to the city to ensure that more Charlotte residents are in safe housing they can pay for.

11-14-2017

City program with area partners is retraining adults with barriers to employment.

5-23-2017

“Chatty Hattie” Leeper, trailblazing black woman in Charlotte radio, remembers days at WGIV radio.

5-9-2017

Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler explains Exodus Foundation’s mentoring work with former inmates.

3-28-2017

Sherrell Dorsey closed out Women’s History Month, sharing her story of combining her many different interests and skills to blaze a trail for African-Americans in technology.

3-7-2017

Rachelle Latimer describes highway contracting work as a difficult business that can be daunting for newcomers.

11-15-2016

Patrick Graham, new CEO of Charlotte Works, and his team outlined work of the local workforce development board.

8-30-2016

Leaders from Goodwill and Urban Ministry Center explain their work to help people move toward job success, better health, secure housing.

6-21-2016

Fulton Meachem and Ken Szymanski, representing two powerful housing interests, discuss affordable housing opportunities in Charlotte.

4-5-2016

Jason (Jet) Jones brought his teacher (Maria Macon), his singing, his videos and his enthusiasm for an entrepreneurial approach to the world.

3-22-2016

Bonita Caldwell, president of Beatties Ford Memorial Gardens, shared approaches to business leadership.

2-2-2016

Juanita Miller, left, Carolyn Logan and Ken Koontz discussed making their way in organizations once closed to African-Americans.

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Housing & Workplace

Candidates & Ballots

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)

9-10-2019

Results from Tuesday’s Primary Election in Charlotte.

9-3-2019

Five candidates for at-large seats on Charlotte City Council addressed the Forum.

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Inside the Forum

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.

9-15-2020

In a proclamation signed by Chairman George Dunlap, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners declared ‘Ms. Sarah Mingo Stevenson Day.’

9-14-2020

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

9-2-2020

An update on Sarah Stevenson, from her sister Elloree.

3-17-2020

Forum meetings canceled through end of March, with review on or about March 31.

3-15-2020

Forum meeting for Tuesday is cancelled.

12-10-2019

At year’s end for some years, the Forum has set aside all things serious and gathered for breakfast, fellowship and games.

10-29-2019

Forum participants mark the 94th birthday of Sarah Stevenson, co-founder of the Forum.

2-7-2019

Friends gather to mark Tommie Robinson’s completion of murals for the Second Ward High School Gym site.

12-18-2018

A few moments from the 2018 Christmas Party.

10-2-2018

Ken Koontz reports on his national holiday, proving that even levity at the Forum may be aimed at a good cause.

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Inside the Forum