Joel Ford sent in a link to UNC System President Peter Hans’ July 22 report to the UNC Board of Governors on which Ford serves. The report included Hans’ veiled but clear reference to the controversy sparked by the tenure fight over journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. “My job,” Hans said, “is to make sure this institution is performing its core mission and maintaining broad support. So I’ll be truly worried on the day that a major controversy is met with a public shrug instead of a public outcry.” He characterized the public attention as “a real sign of investment in this place.”
City of Charlotte’s Civic Leadership Academy is taking applications through Aug. 1 for its fall class. Virtual sessions are 6 p.m. for 2-3 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Application here.
July 29: Charlotte Area Fund’s “The Big Pop Up,” Covid testing and vaccinations, plus free distribution of household goods, personal items, food supplies, etc. to the first 2,000 vehicles that drive through the stations in the parking lot,10 a.m.-2 p.m., Park Expo, East Independence Blvd. Fliers in English and Spanish.
July 30: Fish Fry fundraiser, 11 a.m. until sold out, 5108 Reagan Dr. Ste 5. Flier & prices here.
July 31: Greater Charlotte Alliance of Black School Educators community conversation on “how we will support our schools in a post-pandemic world, 9 a.m., free via Zoom. Register here.
Aug. 3: National Night Out.
Aug. 3: “Learning the Native Language and Customs (Soft Skills)”, 3-4:30 p.m., free, for youth 16-24, a CM library “virtual career cruise.” Register here. Flier here.
Aug. 7: Hope2Heal Fundraising concert to introduce No Sad Story HIV prevention ministry and Cry Out to Get Out domestic violence ministry, 5-8 p.m., Old Town Amphitheater, 144 E. Black St., Rock Hill; tickets free to $30; vendors and musicians. Flier here.
Aug. 12-14: Inaugural Afrofuturism Fest (“The world of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture”), with events at Camp Northend, Historic Westend, CPCC. Tickets $0-$25 here. Info for sponsors, volunteers and vendors here.
Aug. 19: MeckMIN Food For Thought: “NC Social Studies Standards & Religious Diversity,” noon, on Zoom. Register here.
Sept. 8: Democratic Women of Mecklenburg Annual “Paint the Town Blue” fundraiser, virtual.
Sept. 9: MeckMIN Food For Thought: “Where God is Resurrecting Sacred Community In The Least Likely Places,” 11:30 a.m., Covenant Prebyterian, 1000 E. Morehead St. Register here.
Sept. 24: “Advancing Equitable Mental Health Outcomes for Racially/Ethnically Diverse Populations, a virtual mental health summit, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., tickets $40/$25. Register here. Information here.