EJI Racial Justice Essay Contest
Aug 26 2021 – Apr 10 2022 all-day

The Equal Justice Initiative in partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Remembrance Project is pleased to announce a scholarship contest open to 9th – 12th grade students attending public high school in Mecklenburg County, where prizes totaling at least $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.

Students are asked to examine the history of a topic of racial injustice and to discuss its legacy today. Essays should explain the chosen topic using a specific historical event(s), explore how the injustice persists, and imagine solutions for a future free from racial injustice. Students are encouraged to reflect on how the topic impacts their own lives and communities.  Essays should be between 800-1000 words, and be submitted along with an official entry form.  Click HERE for more details and information.

Scholarship winners will be announced and recognized at a ceremony in Spring 2022.

Bridge Builder Conversations
Jan 13 – May 5 all-day

Join David “Dae-Lee” Arrington, the 40 Under 40 Business Journal Honoree, GRAMMY Nominated producer, and artist as he kicks back for authentic, unscripted, uncommon discussions with cultural leaders of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Explore the journeys of business moguls, award-winning artists, and other leaders as they get transparent about the opportunities and challenges of bridge-building within their industries.

The series will feature the following guests, and posted according to the schedule below:


  • Jan. 13 – Hugh McColl, former chairman and CEO of Bank of America
  • Jan. 27 – Myloan Dinh, multidisciplinary artist and former refugee
  • Feb. 10 – Kyle Mosher, multidisciplinary artist featured by ForbesThe New York TimesHBO and others
  • Feb. 24 – Maria Howell, accomplished actress and singer
  • March 10 – Veronica Calderon, senior vice president of diversity, inclusion & equity at Truliant
  • March 24 – Michael Marsicano, president and CEO of Foundation For The Carolinas
  • April 7 – Dennis ReedJr, award-winning songwriter, recording artist and CEO of Inspire the Fire
  • April 21 – Molly Shaw, former president and CEO of Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg
  • May 5 – Harvey B. Gantt, first African American elected as mayor in Charlotte


The videos will be available on YouTube.

Covid-19 in Our Community: Past, Present, and Future
Jan 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join Foundation For The Carolinas for an insightful discussion about the impact of COVID-19 on our community. We’ll talk with nonprofit leaders about collaborative response and relief efforts, important findings and lessons learned, and the path forward for renewal and recovery.

Panelists will include:

This virtual event is free, but please register online.

Sustaining Sponsors