Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation awards $33,000 to Community Building Initiative

Charlotte, NC - August 19, 2014 – Trustees of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation have awarded the Community Building Initiative (CBI) a grant of $33,000 to support The Equity Project, a new effort to create a more inclusive and equitable community.

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Voices from CBI’s Bus Tours

More than 1000 people have participated in these community bus tours since CBI launched this innovative way to connect people to the history of Charlotte. Tour guides Tom Hanchett (Levine Museum of the New South) & John Howard (City of Charlotte Historic Districts Commission) explore how key decisions have influenced the city’s growth & development, how race and ethnicity have played a role in these decisions and how all this impacts “what’s in the ground” today.  CBI has also had more than 16 companies and organizations book a customized tour for their employees, clients or volunteers. Some have been kind enough to share the impact of their experience on the bus so you can "hear" about it from them!

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Voices of LU40

The Voices of LU40

Megan Liddle Gude, Director of Uptown Neighborhoods at Charlotte Center City Partners, and Eugene Wright, Architect at Perkins + Will,  two of the 42 voices from LU40 Class 3 talk about their experiences:

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Voices of LDI: The Latin American Coalition

Latin American Coalition Executive Director Jess George talks about their connection with LDI, which they’ve been a part of for ten years:

“The Latin American Coalition sees LDI as two-way street, allowing our staff and board leaders to expand their personal understanding of inclusion and equity, while having a space to share the powerful stories about what it means to be Latina/o, an immigrant or an ally. In LDI we are both the teachers and the students, sharing our voices and our truth and learning a little of what the world might look like from another perspective.  

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