Things To Do

What Is Your Next Step?

Each of us has a part to play in building a more equitable and just Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

What can you do to build your knowledge, skills and courage?

WAKE UP

Open Your Eyes and Look Around

Look around. What inequities do you see?

INTERRUPT

Where Can You Make an Impact?

Commit to using your points of influence to interrupt the status quo.

STEP UP

Find Your Passion and Act On It

 

Find courage to make a difference where it matters to you.

Community Events

Jun
18
Sat
Ibram X. Kendi’s Summer Reading List
Jun 18 – Aug 31 all-day

Summer’s nearly here, and as an antidote to those stale—and sometimes problematic—school-suggested summer reading lists, Parents has collaborated with some of the most stellar names in book publishing to offer Alternate Summer Reading Lists, curated by authors and educators to reflect the world as kids today really see it.

Our first comes from Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., professor of Humanities at Boston University, and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, as well as the New York Times bestselling author of books including How to Be Antiracist, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, and Antiracist Baby.

His latest, How to Raise an Antiracist, offers parents, caregivers, and educators solid guidance for tackling racism and systemic structures head on and creating an antiracist mindset for adults and kids alike. The book delves deep into scientific research on child development and the impact racism and societal structures have on kids, presented in the thoughtful and accessible voice we’ve come to expect from Dr. Kendi. But it also follows Dr. Kendi’s own journey as a parent trying to navigate talking to his kid about racism, offering lessons for parents of kids of all ages. Here, Dr. Kendi offers eight titles that might help start those critical conversations.

Aug
11
Thu
Coffee and Conversation: Equity in the Workplace/Black Women Equal Pay Day @ Goodwill Opportunity Campus
Aug 11 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

The Census Bureau reports that women working full-time in this country earned 83 cents for every dollar earned by men in 2021. That means, on average, a woman would need to work approximately 440 days to earn the same amount her male counterpart would take home in a year. That’s about 75 extra workdays, or 2.5 months!

If the gender wage gap was eliminated, the average woman would have enough additional money every year to take care of themselves and their families. Women and their communities cannot afford to pursue the life they want to achieve.

The gap becomes even wider when we account for race and ethnicity. While Asian American women are paid 85 cents for every dollar paid to white men, Black women only make 63 cents; Native American women make 60 cents; and Latinx women make a mere 55 cents on the dollar.

It takes an intentional and concerted effort to ensure fair and inclusive pay policies. Although we know employers can be a great asset in helping to close the wage gap within their organizations, we still must address the federal policies that prevent all women from achieving equal pay and economic security.

Join us August 11 for Coffee & Conversation as we explore how we each can play a role in the fight for gender pay equity in the workplace!

Aug
20
Sat
Youth Explosion: Empowerment Summit @ Harvey B. Gantt Center
Aug 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
In partnership with the Youth Initiative of Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (RMJJ), this summit will highlight the voices, passions, and talent of young people with collaborative art, live performance, and community conversation. The schedule below outlines the experience that all are welcome to drop in and participate in at any point throughout the day. The summit is created to allow high-school-aged youth to shine by way of both artistic and activist expression, and for this reason, are especially encouraged to participate. Please feel free to bring the entire family, and participate as an ally in the celebration
At the end of the summit, we will have a raffle and giveaway of back-to-school items. All minors must be accompanied by an adult at all times while guests of the Gantt Center.
Program Schedule
-1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Your Voice, Your Power: Youth-led Panel and Community Forum
-2:30 pm – 3:30 pm – Your Connection, Your Power: Conversation/Meet-and-Greet with Community Leaders
-2:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Your Vision, Your Power: Drop-In Community Art Workshop
-4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Your Talent, Your Power: Spoken Word/Musical Performance + Item Giveaway
For directions and parking, visit ganttcenter.org/visit-the-gantt/directions/
Aug
25
Thu
Building a Pipeline of African American Leadership @ Foundation For The Carolinas
Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

African Americans are consistently underrepresented in leadership positions, and despite large-scale diversity-and-inclusion initiatives and investments, studies show that number is shrinking. Why the continued lack of representation? How can we build a sustainable pipeline of African American leaders in the private sector?

The Robinson Center for Civic Leadership and Foundation For Black Philanthropy invite you to a panel discussion with local leaders who will address these questions and more through their own insight and experience. We’ll also examine findings from the Korn Ferry report, The Black P&L Leader.

Join us for an hors d’oeuvres reception followed by the program and question and answer session.

Panelists will include:

  • Kieth Cockrell, President, Bank of America Charlotte
  • Malcomb Coley, Managing Partner, EY
  • Jada Grandy-Mock, Chief Community Impact Banking Officer, Fifth Third Bank
  • JT Saunders, Chief Diversity Officer, Korn Ferry, Study Project Lead

5:30 – 6:45 p.m. Reception (Hors d’oeuvres will be served)
7:00 p.m. Program and Q&A Session

REGISTRATION DEADLINE – AUGUST 16th

Sep
9
Fri
Charlotte Welcoming Week 2022
Sep 9 – Sep 18 all-day

Charlotte was recently the first city in North Carolina, and in the Southeast region, to achieve the Certified Welcoming designation from Welcoming America.  Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places to achieve prosperity.  Save the date, and more details will be forthcoming!  For more information, please visit https://welcomingamerica.org/initiatives/welcoming-week/

Sep
17
Sat
32nd Annual Latin American Festival @ Symphony Park
Sep 17 @ 1:00 pm
Latin American Festival! Charlotte’s signature cultural event,
The event promises to have incredible live performances, a diverse and authentic selection of Latin American food, handmade crafts, visual artists, and an interactive street festival environment with activities for the whole family.
¡Festival Latinoamericano! El evento latino más antiguo de Charlotte.
El evento promete tener increíbles presentaciones en vivo, una diversidad y auténtica selección de comida latinoamericana, artesanías y un ambiente de festival callejero interactivo con actividades para toda la familia.
Oct
1
Sat
I Am Queen: Charlotte @ Knight Theater
Oct 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

I Am Queen:CHARLOTTE is a stage show created by two Black women to share stories about Black women. The Epoch Tribe duo has been telling the stories of marginalized communities for nearly 15 years, but it’s the stories of Black people that are the cornerstone of their work. I Am Queen is an opportunity to widen the scope of what it’s like to live, love and evolve as Black women through their own voices against the backdrop of stunning visuals and sounds, live and onstage.

It’s an experience. It’s for us, by us, but all are welcome to bask in the warmth.  The fall showing of I Am Queen: CHARLOTTE is produced by Epoch Tribe in partnership with Blumenthal Performing Arts. The show was originally produced as part of Queen Charlotte Week, a city-wide celebration in March 2022.  For more information, please visit
iamqueencharlotte.org.  Tickets go on sale Friday, July 22nd at 10am.

Recurring Events

“Unmasked” at the Harvey B. Gantt Center

Charlotte City Council Meetings

The Community Book Read

Find a Community Garden

It’s Time to STEP UP!

When we join together with a diverse group of people, voices and experiences, the differences that define us as individuals create synergy and energy. Our community is stronger when we each have the knowledge, skills and courage to work for change.

CBI Resources

Learn more about the resources that CBI provides as we work to increase both the understanding and advancement of equity in our community.

Get Involved

Share your input to shape the Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map

The Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map is a companion to the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and will translate ...

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Listen to StoryCorps Stories Celebrating Black Voices

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Watch Brittany Cooper’s TED Talk, “The Racial Politics of Time”

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Listen to You 2.0: Empathy Gym

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Join a CBI Virtual Equity Impact Circle

We are excited to offer virtual community EICs throughout 2021 in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. ...

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Pick a book from the Anti-Racist Reading List

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Play “What’s In & On Our Ground: A Curiosity-Guided Tour of Charlotte-Mecklenburg”

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Watch or Read Emmanuel Acho’s “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”

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Hear what our 2019 Stakeholders Breakfast Speaker, Anand Giridharadas, says about the stakes of our collective response to COVID-19

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Read UNCC Urban Institute’s Racial Wealth Gap Report

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Enjoy a take-out meal from a locally-owned restaurant

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Listen to StoryCorps Stories Celebrating Black Voices

...

READ MORE

Join a CBI Virtual Equity Impact Circle

We are excited to offer virtual community EICs throughout 2021 in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. ...

READ MORE

Play “What’s In & On Our Ground: A Curiosity-Guided Tour of Charlotte-Mecklenburg”

...

READ MORE

Watch or Read Emmanuel Acho’s “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”

...

READ MORE

Enjoy a take-out meal from a locally-owned restaurant

...

READ MORE

Share your input to shape the Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map

The Charlotte Future 2040 Policy Map is a companion to the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and will translate ...

READ MORE

Listen to StoryCorps Stories Celebrating Black Voices

...

READ MORE

Watch Brittany Cooper’s TED Talk, “The Racial Politics of Time”

...

READ MORE

Listen to You 2.0: Empathy Gym

...

READ MORE

Pick a book from the Anti-Racist Reading List

...

READ MORE

Hear what our 2019 Stakeholders Breakfast Speaker, Anand Giridharadas, says about the stakes of our collective response to COVID-19

...

READ MORE

Read UNCC Urban Institute’s Racial Wealth Gap Report

...

READ MORE

Join a CBI Virtual Equity Impact Circle

We are excited to offer virtual community EICs throughout 2021 in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library. ...

READ MORE

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From thrilling community events to moving cultural experiences, Charlotte invites us to wake up,
interrupt, and step up in many ways. We’d love to hear what things you do!

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