A Statement of Commitment

We commit ourselves to the continuous work of building and being a community of justice, equity, fairness, and opportunity for all.

As individuals, companies, organizations and congregations that care about Charlotte, we add our signature as our commitment to the long term solution of these questions and challenges and invite others to join us in this evolving and ongoing effort.

Add your voice and commitment by signing below (scroll to end of list).

A STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

#thisisourcharlotte

September 26, 2016

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The recent shooting and death of Keith Lamont Scott and the subsequent protests have struck a chord deep within our community. They have surfaced questions of who we are, what we think, how we feel, and what we value. To those questions, we would simply say that we are a community which understands that:

  • The anger and pain are real;
  • The issues connected to the reality of racism are not new;
  • The work requires change in systems and structures;
  • Our work will be ongoing and long term and must include additional voices, leadership and perspectives;
  • The changes required will not be easy or comfortable;
  • We must have the courage to listen, to respond and to act now.

We commit ourselves to the continuous work of building and being a community of justice, equity, fairness, and opportunity for all.

As individuals, companies, organizations and congregations that care about Charlotte, we add our signature as our commitment to the long term solution of these questions and challenges and invite others to join us in this evolving and ongoing effort. 

#ThisisOurCharlotte

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Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown, Novant Health and Co-Chair, Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Dee O’Dell, US Bank and Co-Chair, Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Patricia Albritton, Community Relations Committee at City of Charlotte

Bishop Claude Alexander, The Park Church

Kendall Alley, Wells Fargo

Natalie and Will Alston

Francisco Alvarado, Marand Builders

Carl Amato, Novant Health

Reverend Haven Anderson, Marvin AME Zion Church

Joshua Arnold

Reverend Cornelius Atkinson, Wilson Heights First Church of God

Omega Autry

Molly Barker, The Red Boot Coalition

George E. Battle III

Cathy Bessant, Bank of America

Sean M. Bird

Rev. W. Benjamin Boswell, Myers Park Baptist Church

Crandall Bowles, Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Charles Bowman, Bank of America

Reverend Joshua Bowron, St. Martin's Episcopal Church

Terry Bradley, Community Relations Committee at City of Charlotte

Lezlie Briggs, Community Relations Committee at City of Charlotte

Ronnie Bryant

Robert Bush, Arts & Science Council

Carolinas Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Ron Carter, Johnson C. Smith University

Dr. David Chadwick, Forest Hill Church and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Charlotte Dragon Boat Association

Elisa Chinn-Gary, Race Matters for Juvenile Justice

Amy Chiou, Queen City Forward

Astrid Chirinos

Ann Clark, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Keith Clark, PNC Financial

Laura Clark, Renaissance West Community Initiative

Bruce Clark, Digital Charlotte

Dr. Joseph Clifford, Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Emily and Jarred Cochran

Harold Cogdell

Malcomb Coley, EY

Brian Collier, Foundation For the Carolinas and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Jeff Conway, Charlotte Prime LLC, d/b/a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Dorothy Counts-Scoggins, Community Advocate for Social Justice

Lisa Crawford

Ann Crehore

Oliver Cross

Emily Crow

Jesse Cureton, Novant Health

Ned Curran, Bissell Companies

Patricia and Peter Daniel

Pamela Davies, Queens University of Charlotte

Jon Davis

Mike DeVaul

Philip L. and Lisa Dubois, UNC-Charlotte

Reverend Chip Edens, Christ Church

Thereasea Elder

Lisa and Frank Emory

Natalie English, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Dianne English, Community Building Initiative

Mac Everett

Rabbi Murray Ezring, Temple Israel

James E. Ferguson II

Annetta Foard, Community Building Initiative

Anthony Fox

Moses Fox III

Ed Franklin, New Generation of African American Philanthropists

Michael Friedland, The Friedland Foundation and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Valaida Fullwood, New Generation of African American Philanthropists

Pastor Steven Furtick, Elevation Church

Tom Gabbard, Blumenthal Performing Arts

Jenni Gaisbauer

Cindy and Harvey Gantt

Sean Garrett, United Way of Central Carolinas

Dr. Donnie Garris, Antioch Baptist Church

Rod Garvin, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Dr. H. Neely Gaston, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Dale Gillmore, Make an Impact Foundation and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Rick Glaser

Lynn Good, Duke Energy

Patrick Graham, Urban League of Central Carolinas

Geoff Gray, Signature Consultants, LLC.

Derwin L. Gray, Transformation Church

Herb Gray

Dr. Tisha Greene, Oakhurst STEAM Academy and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Lucia Zapata Griffith

Pete Guelli, Hornets Sports & Entertainment

Jane and Marc Gustafson

Rose Hamid, Muslim Women of the Carolinas

Tom Hanchett, Community Historian, and Carol Sawyer

Deb Hanna

Carol Hardison, Crisis Assistance Ministry

Sharon and Rob Harrington

Johno Harris, Lincoln Harris

Dr. Robert Henderson, Covenant Presbyterian Church

Andre Hester

Kathryn Hill, Levine Museum of the New South

Jasmine Hines

Matt Hirschy, Equality NC

Dr. Dennis Hollinger, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Jibril Hough, Islamic Center of Charlotte

Grazell Howard, Black AIDS Institute and Opportunity Task Force

John Howard

Dr. James Howell, Myers Park United Methodist Church

Jon Joffe

Chris Johnson, Debonair Execs

Damian Johnson, No Grease Barbershop

Dr. Clifford Jones, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Christine Katziff, Bank of America

Lee Keesler, Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library

Dr. Casey Kimbrough, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Rabbi Asher Knight, Temple Beth El

METRO Landmarks

Steve Larson

Latin American Economic Development Corporation

Latin American Women's Association

Christi Lee, Community Building Initiative

Christi and Vic Lee

Ron Leeper, R.J. Leeper Construction and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Tene Osahar and Trent Legare

David Leitch, Bank of America

Jonathan Lindsay, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Beta Nu Lamda Chapter

Bishop James Logan, Kingdom Fellowship Christian Center

Kevin Long, Temple Church International

Marianne Lyall-Knusel, Central Piedmont Community College and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Kia Lyons, The African American Community Foundation

Rhett Mabry, The Duke Endowment

Michelle A. Maidt, Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation

Mike Manning, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Todd Mansfield, Crescent Communities

Michael Marsicano, Foundation For the Carolinas

Reverend Leslie M. Marsicano

Matt Martin, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

John Martin, YBM Alliance

Pat and Jim Martin

Reverend Clifford Matthews, Jr., St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Jane and Hugh McColl

Dr. Ralph McCormick, Second Calvary Baptist Church

Symone McGee, Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Elizabeth McKee, Leadership Charlotte

Ray McKinnon, South Tryon Community United Methodist Church

Mary Nell McPherson, Freedom School Partners

Men for Meck

Robert Mock, EdD

Bishop Brian Moore, Life Center Church International Ministries

Moore & Van Allen

Katherine Mooring

Bob Morgan, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Morton

Violeta Moser

Dr. Mike Moses, Lake Forest Church

Tom Murray, Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority

Board of Directors, Muslim American Society of Charlotte

Wilfred Neal, United Way of Central Carolinas

Kerbie and Brandon Neal

Rolfe Neill

OneMECK

Michael Parkins

Wendy Pascual

Cyndee Patterson, Lee Institute

Susan Patterson

Reverend Pen Peery, First Presbyterian Church

Justin L. Perry, Co-Chair of the OneMECK Steering Committee

Lee Perry

Kevin Pitts, Charlotte Business Journal

Andrew Plepler, Bank of America and Charlotte Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force

Julie Porter, Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership

Crawford Pounds, PwC

Carol Quillen, Davidson College

Moira Quinn, Charlotte Center City Partners

Willie Ratchford, Community Relations Committee at City of Charlotte

Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Bess and Shep Reynolds

Munro Richardson, Read Charlotte

Mike Rizer, Wells Fargo

Sally and Russell Robinson

Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A.

Pat Rodgers, Rodgers Builders, Inc.

Toussaint Romain, Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Defenders Office

Tracy Russ, SOLID

Dr. J. Elvin Sadler, The AME Zion Church

Dr. Rodney Sadler

Ann and Blaine Sanders

Ashley Saulpaugh

Molly Shaw, Communities In Schools of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Reverend James Shea, SJ, St. Peter Catholic Church

Julie and David Sheffer

Kate Shelton

Dr. Sheldon R. Shipman, Greenville Memorial AME Zion Church

Terry Shook, Shook Kelley

Kirsten Sikkelee, YWCA Central Carolinas

Bob Simmons, Council for Children's Rights

Mark and Tami Simmons

MaryBeth Simon

Andrea Smith, Bank of America

Michael Smith, Charlotte Center City Partners

Laura Smith

Andi Stevenson, The Lee Institute

Sarah Stevenson

Holly Welch and Matt Stubbing

John Switzer, KPMG LLP

Reverend Robin Tanner, Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church

David Taylor, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts+Culture

Teach for America Charlotte

The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Charles Thomas, Knight Foundation

Dr. Leon Threatt, Christian Faith Assembly

Todd Tibbits, YMCA of Greater Charlotte

Brenda Tindal

Lou Trosch, Race Matters for Juvenile Justice

Jenny Vallimont, Crescent Communities

Irene Vogelsong, Perkins+Will

Dr. Dwayne Walker, Little Rock AME Zion Church

Keysha Walker, The African American Community Foundation

Keva Walton, Charlotte Chamber of Commerce

Jenny Ward

Dianna Ward

Tom Warshauer

Denise Watts, Project LIFT

Molly Shaw and David Webb

Laura Meyer Wellman, E4E Relief

Ward Wellman

Dr. Peter Wherry, Mayfield Memorial Baptist Church

Mike Whitehead, Center for Intentional Leadership

Fred Whitfield, Hornets Sports & Entertainment

Gene Winchester, NC Local Barber Association

Lauren A. Woodruff

Reverend Ricky Woods, First Baptist Church West

Angela Woods, Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council

Sue Worrel, The Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte

Gary Young, Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce

Emily Zimmern

Jane Fields Cook

The Bruce Irons Camp Fund

Linda and Sam Bomar

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