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Celebrating Black History Month


Feb. 22, 2011

The Forum celebrated Black History Month Tuesday with a panel discussion among a number of the African-Americans who helped shape Charlotte-Mecklenburg during the 1950s and 1960s and beyond.

Invited were Charlie Sifford, golfer who helped desegregate the PGA of America; L.C. Coleman, retired businessman and candidate for public office; Bill Covington, retired police officer; Bob Davis, retired educator; Lem Long, retired funeral director
Louie Davis, retired funeral director; Police Chief Rodney Monroe, first black chief of police in Charlotte; and Connie Patton, who integrated Wesley Heights.

The panel was moderated by Sarah Stevenson, who spearheaded the integration of separate black and white PTAs in the Charlotte school system long before faculties or staff were integrated, and served on the CMS school board during the 1980s.

The event drew coverage from the Charlotte Observer's David Perlmutt, which can be found here at the Observer's website. Text of the report is cached here.




The Forum welcomes all persons to its meetings beginning at 8:30 a.m. most Tuesdays
of the year at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2222 Kendall Drive, Charlotte, NC
down the hill from West Charlotte High School.