Over the past few months, the United States has found itself gripped by a wave of emotions, ranging from weariness and frustration to combustible love and empathy. As protests and demonstrations in response to years of police brutality and centuries of racial injustice boil over, the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative (CJC) finds themselves wanting to connect with the local community and steer the conversation towards a better tomorrow. They believe there’s no better time than now to inspire change that truly fosters justice for all.
On Sunday, June 28, 2020, the CJC, comprised of a partnership of six major media companies and other local institutions including The Charlotte Observer, La Noticia, Qcitymetro, qnotes, WCNC, WFAE, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and more, will kick off the first event in a two-part, virtual program meant to foster a greater community discussion on the racial iniquities and injustice plaguing the nation. The first event, a watch party for the Vice special Black South Rising, provides a look at Black Americans living in the United States and the centuries-old prejudice many experience within systems that significantly impact their human rights, civil liberties, access to education and healthcare, socio-economic wellbeing and more – with an even sharper focus on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. As the Collaborative continues to report on the affordable housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, a wider lens is necessary to recognize the intersections of racial inequality and to investigate workable solutions. The screening will run from 6-8 p.m.
Then, on July 2, 2020, at 6 p.m., the Collaborative will conclude its Black South Rising program with a virtual community discussion. Participants are encouraged to bring conversation ideas and suggestions to influence anti-racist policy and equitable change forward. Attendees might consider solutions implemented by other cities, states or countries and revisit suggestions Charlotte community members, government and other city institutions have yet to execute.
Do not miss your chance to watch this eye-opening film and participate in important dialogue with members of a community sourced panel including Justin Perry, licensed clinical social worker and community therapist and Tina Marshall, community activist.
Please be sure to register for both events. Links to register are provided below:
- Charlotte Journalism Collaborative Presents: Black South Rising - Watch Party
- Charlotte Journalism Collaborative Presents: Black South Rising Conversation
This blog was written by Asha Ellison of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.