Charlotte, One Year Later is our opportunity to reflect on the collective events that led to where we are today, and renew the community’s shared commitment to bring about positive change for our city.
Issues of economic and social disparity are not unique to Charlotte—the difference comes in how we respond to them. We will review the underlying factors that led to our city being ranked last in upward mobility in a 2014 Harvard study and the September 2016 officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the events that followed.
The Charlotte, One Year Later website and report will highlight city government’s commitment to Charlotte, progress on its Community Letter, and stories from partner institutions and invested members of our community. This includes important efforts such as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, Leading on Opportunity Council, Housing First Charlotte and other community-wide initiatives spearheaded by corporations, non-profits, and other government agencies.
The Charlotte, One Year Later effort is neither the beginning nor the end of the healing process for our city. This work is the recognition of the progress made to date, and an acknowledgement of the difficult road ahead to address the city’s challenges. Please check back often for updates.
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Community Building Initiative (CBI) and the Community Relations Committee (CRC) believe there is value in looking back and looking forward. To support you and others across the community as you acknowledge this anniversary, we invite you to use the resources we have developed for your own “Check In.” Use them for yourself, your family and friends, your colleagues and associates. Let us know how you – and we as a community – are doing. Find more resources at http://cbicharlotte.org/one-year-later.