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Press Release: Janeen Bryant Selected as CBI Executive Director

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 16, 2022):  After a competitive search process with significant interest, the Board of Directors is proud to announce Janeen Bryant has been hired as the next Executive Director of Community Building Initiative (CBI). Bryant succeeds founding Executive Director Dianne English, who retired at the end of last year.   “I have taken […]

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CBI Launches Human Together Podcast!

CBI is excited to present our first collaborative podcast, entitled Human Together!  The podcast is produced in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, with whom CBI has convened multiple Equity Impact Circles.   The Human Together podcast developed from an idea that arose during one of these Equity Impact Circles, which took place during CML’s Community […]

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CBI Mural Artist Selected to Paint in Charlotte’s Historic West End

Jamil Dyair Steele, one of five local artists who will collaborate to create CBI’s upcoming Aftershocks mural, has also been selected to create two new murals in Charlotte’s historic West End.

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Press Release: Community Building Initiative Executive Director Dianne English to Retire

CHARLOTTE, NC (November 17, 2021) – Community Building Initiative (CBI) Founding Executive Director Dianne English announced earlier this year that she will retire at the end of 2021 after 24 years of service. “The people of CBI have enriched my life beyond measure, and the work has allowed me to find a place of service within this community,” said English in a letter to stakeholders. “With deep gratitude for the opportunity to be part of challenging, transformational and spirit-filled work, I know that now is the time for me to step aside.”

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A Statement In Support of the AAPI Community, from Partners for Racial Equity

This joint statement is offered in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, City of Charlotte Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant Integration, Mecklenburg County Office of Equity and Inclusion, Community Building Initiative, and Race Matters for Juvenile Justice.

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Moving from Midnight to Daybreak

A tradition we have come to treasure at CBI is that of reaching out to our family and friends to remember Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as the nation commemorates his birthday. Especially this year, we hope that a piece of his wisdom might bring light into this current dark moment.

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Leaders Under 40 Alum Michael Zytkow Creates Game to Help People Understand City’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Michael Zytkow received a call in May from the City of Charlotte about an opportunity he couldn't turn down. “I was immediately excited," he says.... Zytkow spent the following month creating a city building game called "Charlotte Future".

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Remembering John Lewis: The Struggle of a Lifetime

During this week as our nation honors the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis, we invite you to reflect on some of the words and wisdom he offered at different points in his life.  In tribute and gratitude let us find courage and support as we continue to live, work and witness in these times.

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Former CBI Board Co-Chair Honored as Charlotte Post Foundation Luminary

A man of the cloth who pastors while striving for justice and equity, Bishop Claude Alexander is the 2020 Luminary for The Charlotte Post Foundation.

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Standing Together for Justice

This Joint Statement is offered in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, City of Charlotte Office of Equity, Mobility and Immigrant Integration, Mecklenburg County Office of Equity and Inclusion, Community Building Initiative, and Race Matters for Juvenile Justice.

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