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Forum attendance

The Forum is hosted weekly at the West Charlotte Recreation Center, a public facility operated by the Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation Department. Since July 2007, the Forum has provided to Center officials as a courtesy an estimate of attendance at Forum meetings. Recreation Center officials use this data to document use of the building.

Forum attendance figures are therefore part of the public record. This page merely makes that information more readily available to the public at large.  To make the page more useful to Internet searches and the reading public, a short note about speakers at each meeting will be added to the attendance number.

This list may be updated weekly, or as infrequently as monthly. For an index of Forum meetings since Dec. 19, 2006, see the News Index here.


Date Attending Speaker
8/13   New Generation of African American Philanthropists
8/6   Charlotte Mayor Patsy Kinsey
7/23 39 Chef Barry Francois, Queen City Mobile Market with Friendship Gardens' Henry Owen
7/16 38 Mary Nell McPherson, executive director, Freedom School Partners
7/9 32 Open Forum
7/2 40 Arthur Griffin, former chairperson, CMS Board of Education
6/25 42 CMS West Supt. Allen Smith (Berry, Harding, West Meck); Greater Enrichment Program Ex. Director Bronica Glover; Gantt Center marketer Sharon Holm.
6/18 38 John Hicks, Innervision
6/11 43 Johnson C. Smith University officials on Indaba, a conference for Northwest Corridor residents on July 27
6/4 41 Kaa Ma'at on low-power radio station; Henry Hardy Jr. on support program for offenders after release.
5/28  58 CMS Supt. Heath Morrison
5/21 40 Open Forum: Harry Jones comment, Gantt Center, Housing Partnership, Greensboro conference.
5/14 26 Open Forum discussion of the firing of County Manager; Commissioner Trevor Fuller responded.
5/7  28 Arvis Williams, Mecklenburg Child Support Enforcement; Rep. Rodney Moore
4/30 70 Free Breakfast at Varick Renaissance Center; Brisbane students to report on trip to South Africa
4/23 48 A. Fulton Meachem Jr., CEO, Charlotte Housing Authority
4/16 32 Elon Homes & Schools for Children: Dr. Frederick Grosse, president, Nikki Keith, devt. director.
4/9 36 Damian Johnson, Chick-fil-A Leadercast
4/2  26 John White, former Democratic chair, Precinct 210; Bernice Feaster, college financial aid adviser
3/26 54 Women's History Month, Part 4: CMS Chairperson Mary McCray; Observer Associate Editor Fannie Flono; former assistant city manager Vi Lyles; and CMS Chief Communications Officer Kathryn Block.
3/19 52  Women's History Month, Part 3: Whitni Wilson-Wertz, Junior League of Charlotte president; Dr. Trasha Black, Genesis Project 1 clinical director; Nicole Dean, Belk.
3/12 24 Women's History Month, Part 2:  charter owner Stacy Rose, CMS Title 1 exec Dr. Nicole Priestly, Toni Tupponce, A Sign of the Times of the Carolinas
3/5 26 Women's History Month, Part 1: Geneal Gregory, Karen Gipson, Carolyn Pitts, Cynthia Harris.
2/26 42 CMS COO Millard House, Accountability Officer Frank Barnes, Chief of Staff Earnest Winston
2/19 26 Open Forum
2/12 39 John A. Wall Jr., principal, West Charlotte High
2/5 47 LaTarzja Henry,  CMS Assistant Superintendent for Community Partnerships and Parent Engagement
1/29 57 Eric Guckian, executive director, New Leaders
1/22 26 Sheila Peltzer, Kids Need 2 Parents
1/15 29 Open Forum.
1/8 45 Phyllis Handford, head of StudentFirst Academy Charter School
1/1   No Forum
Date Attending Speaker
12/25   No Forum
12/18 59 Christmas Party
12/11 33 Beverly Irby on upcoming changes in health care, Medicare and Medicaid
12/4 29 Open Forum
11/27 31  West Charlotte High School Asst. Principal George Harden, Vol. Coordinator Daisy Walker
11/20 29 Gantt Center Director of Advancement Tiffany Graham, Marketing Specialist Sharon Holm
11/13 33 Brandi Williams, Project L.I.F.T.
11/6 Election Day; No Forum
10/30 27 Open Forum
10/23 50 N.C. Governor, U.S. House, Soil & Water, Register of Deeds candidates
10/16 51 Judge candidates
10/9 43 County Commissioner district candidates
10/2 44 County commissioner at-large candidates
9/25 55 N.C. House candidates, Sen. Dan Clodfelter
9/18 32 N.C. Senate candidates
9/11 58 CMS Supt. Heath Morrison
9/4   No Forum during Democratic National Convention week
8/28 42 Steve Partridge, CEO of Charlotte Works, a workforce training and job placement program
8/21 68 Police Chief Rodney Monroe, DNC Host Committee's Dr. Dan Murrey on convention security
8/14 86 Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx
8/7 29 Ben Carroll, Coalition to March on Wall Street South
7/31 37 A'Shanti Gholar, Democratic National Convention coordinator of public engagement.
7/24 33 Democracy NC's Robert Dawkins, Zaina Alsous and Stefan Weathers on get-out-the-vote efforts
7/17   No Forum: N.C. 2nd Primary
7/10 29 Charity Bell, CMS Central Secondary Zone
7/3 44 Denise Watts, Project L.I.F.T
6/26 25 Sam Divine Jr. of Atlanta on "Battlegrounds to Boardrooms: Life Lessons from The Liberian Civil War..."
6/19 47 Michael Barnes and David Howard on city budget and tax-hike plan; JCSU students on Kenya trip; Daks McClettie and Howard Johnson from Johnson's State Farm Insurance agency
6/12 33 Stoney Sellars, president, Technology Project Management Inc.
6/5  28 Delores Reid-Smith, LaWana Mayfield from the MLK Holiday Planning Committee
5/29 37 David Howard, Ruffin Hall, City bond proposal and tax increase to pay for it
5/22 33 Open Forum
5/15 31 Healthcare For All Charlotte on "Improved Medicare For All: Everybody In, Nobody Out."
5/8 NO FORUM -- Election Day and site is in use as a precinct polling place
5/1 42 Judges in May 8 primaries
4/24 34 N.C. Senate primaries
4/17 37 N.C. House primaries
4/10 46 U.S. House 12th, commissioners; James Mitchell on city support for baseball stadium
4/3 36 County commissioner district candidates in May 8 primary
3/27 61 County commissioner at-large candidates in May 8 primary
3/20 33 Dr. Patrick Graham, CEO, Urban League of Central Carolinas
3/1337Dr. Gyasi Foluke: Solutions, the conclusion to Feb. 28's "A Scheme Beyond the Dream"
3/634Sadie Jordan with James Jeter, Red Cross donor recruitment representative
2/28 57Dr. Gyasi Foluke on Martin Luther King: A Scheme Beyond the Dream
2/21 43 Brisbane Academy student presentation on less well-known contributors to Black History
2/14 39 Community resources: NAACP, Democratic Party's African American Coalition, Black Women's Caucus, Black Pol. Caucus
2/7 57 Aisha Dew, Meck. Democrats; Vi Lyles, DNC Host Committee
1/31 42  Jean Desravines, CEO of New York-based New Leaders
1/24 38 Carolina Bonilla, Jenny Wade, Anuvia Substance Abuse Prevention & Recovery Center
1/17 65 Ericka Ellis-Stewart, Mary McCray of CMS School Board
1/10 43 Queen Thompson on 'Let's Have A Talk' program to help teens know expectations at malls
1/3   No Forum
Date Attending Speaker
12/27   No Forum
12/20 70 Christmas Party
12/13 26 Open Forum
12/6 25 "Rai" Glover, owner of Vigilant Healthcare Staffing, a home care agency
11/29 27 Tyler Ream, Charity Bell, CMS Central Zone
11/22 35 Stephán "Coach Q" Askew, Q Foundation
11/15 43 Denise Watts, Project L.I.F.T.
11/8   No Forum : Site in use for ELECTION DAY
11/1 36 Valaida Fullwood, Charles Thomas on new book "Giving Back"
10/25 34 School board candidate Darrin Rankin
10/18 51  Charlotte Mayor candidates
10/11 27 City Council District candidates
10/4 25 Pam Jefsen and Sherry Waters-Wilson, McCreesh Place
9/27 43 At-large City Council candidates
9/20 27 Open Forum
9/13   No Forum; city primary election
9/6 28 City Council candidates
8/30 48 Denise Watts, Project L.I.F.T.; Annette Taylor, N.C. Center for Women in Public Service
8/23 61 City Council candidates
8/16 28 School board candidates Bumgarner, Scher; City Council candidate Claire Fallon
8/9 43 School board candidates Dashew, Ellis-Stewart, McCray, Morgan, Plotseneder, Pomis.
8/2 36 Brandi Williams, Jason Farafooei, Crossroads Charlotte
7/26 66 School board Chair Eric Davis, Interim Supt. Hugh Hattabaugh
7/19 31 Brenda Hayden, Builders of Hope
7/12 50 UNCC's Roslyn Mickelson on education research; Dan Murrey on 2012 DNC Convention
7/5  No Forum
6/28 38 N.C. legislators Kelly Alexander, Charlie Dannelly, Beverly Earle, Rodney Moore
6/21 27 Pat McCoy, Action NC on Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid
6/14 26 Araminta Johnston, author of "And One Was A Priest" about a Mississippian acting for racial justice
6/7 28 Frank Parker, Barbara Edwards Parker, Lonnie Davis for the Jazz Arts Initiative
5/31 26 Rev. Marty McCarthy on Regents Schools; Robert Dawson & Democracy NC interns on N.C.legislation
5/24 36 Open Forum
5/17 34 Joe & B.B. DeLaine, Tom Hanchett commemorating Briggs v. Elliott and Brown v. Board
5/10 30 John Maye, Save Our Schools for "Five for 55" coalition on school funding
5/3 22 Open Forum
4/26 41 Richard "Stick" Williams for CMS Investment Study Group
4/19 23 Torrey Feimster on March of Dimes Walk; Feimster and Malcolm Graham on JSCU corridor initiatives
4/12 23 Cheryl Emmanuel on Seeds of Wellness Walk; Mary McCray on pay-for-performance
4/520Mecklenburg Acts: Pamela Grundy, Carol Sawyer, Louise Woods
3/2938Women who broke barriers: Fannie Flono, Shirley Fulton, Vicki Hamilton, Gail Sloan, Clara Williams
3/2238Candidates for Chair of the Mecklenburg Democratic Party
3/1529Center for Community Change, Washington, D.C.
3/828Robert Dawkins, Democracy NC, on state and local redistricting following Census 2010
3/130 Get Real 2011 discussion facilitated by Crossroads Charlotte
2/2275Celebrating Black History with a number of Charlotteans who broke barriers
2/15 42Janet Cowell, N.C. Treasurer
2/8 27Tracy Russ, Crossroads Charlotte; Cindy Montgomery, Charlotte Observer
2/136Terry Ellington, Carolinas CARE Partnership on AIDS
1/2546Mike Raible, CMS Executive Director for Planning and Project Management
1/1847Charlotte Housing Authority CEO Charles Woodyard
1/11 Forum cancelled due to snowstorm
1/4 No Forum
Date Attending Speaker
12/28 No Forum
12/21 No Forum
12/1444Annual Party
12/734UNCC Prof. Elizabeth Racine, Health Dept.'s Alison Mignery, Food Policy Council's Marilyn Marks
11/3025Open Forum
11/2324Sadie Jordan on Sickle Cell Disease
11/1648Cheryl Emanuel, Health Disparity Initiative; Arthur Griffin, former CMS board chair
11/930Robin Emmons on screening of movie "Fresh" Tuesday night
11/2 No Forum: General Election Day
10/2651All county commissioner candidates on Nov. 2 ballot
10/1950All legislative candidates on Nov. 2 ballot
10/1261Board members and Supt. Peter Gorman on CMS Comprehensive Review
10/547Sheriff, District Attorney
9/2835Senate 40: Malcolm Graham, John Aneralla; Senate 37: Dan Clodfelter; House 99: Rodney Moore, Michael Wilson (invited); House 106: Martha Alexander
9/2128NC House and NC Senate candidates
9/1440Mecklenburg District Court Judge candidates
9/725Genesis Project
8/3149Open Forum on solutions to education issues, a follow-up to the Aug. 24 session
8/2438Ken Simmons, education committee of the NAACP [First Forum to begin at 8:30 a.m.]
8/1714Open Forum
8/1023Laura McClettie, U.S. Census
8/3 39CMS Board Chair Eric Davis, Vice Chair Tom Tate
7/2734Carlenia Ivory, Jeri Haigler about CMS's Parent University
7/2020Open Forum
7/1315Marilyn Marks, Society of St. Andrew gleaners
7/615Blanche Penn's Winners PLUS Agency along with the Silver Fox Senior Cheerleaders
6/2955CMS board members Joyce Waddell and Richard McElrath
6/22 No Forum: 2nd Primary Election Day.
6/1535Ron Shepherd, Maurice Jones, vocational education
6/821Ken Koontz; Rev. Geoff Lowson, New Castle, England; Darryl Bego, Youth Development Initiatives
6/123Friendship Trays' Lucy Bush Carter and Slow Food Charlotte on their garden partnership
5/2538Carolyn Flowers, CEO, Charlotte Area Transit
5/1828Kim Dickerson, Freedom School Partners
5/1167CMS Assistant Supts. Curtis Carroll and Tyler Ream
5/4 No Forum: Primary Election Day
4/2748Judges in May 4 primaries; Sheriff candidates in May 4 Democratic primary
4/2032House Dist. 101 Primary: Rocky Bailey, Beverly Earle; Dist. 102: Becky Carney, Ken Davies, Kim Ratliff.
4/1337Senate Dist. 40 Primary: Malcolm Graham; House Dist. 99 Primary: Rodney Moore
4/629Legislative primaries: NC Senate 37 GOP (Vince Coscia, Morgan Edwards); NC Senate 40 Dem (Malcolm Graham, John Montgomery)
3/3088CMS Supt. Peter Gorman and Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones
3/2340County Commissioner candidates involved in May 4 primaries; legislators on voting record documents
3/1670Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx
3/927Al Austin, McCrorey Branch YMCA
3/242Police Chief Rodney Monroe
2/2344Members of the Mecklenburg delegation to the N.C. Legislature
2/1631Watched Reggie Bullock's Internet video, "A War For Your Soul"
2/930B.B. DeLaine on Brown, the sit-ins, CMS desegregation and the ongoing fight against all discrimination
2/247Elected officials from school board, City Council, County Commissioners and N.C. House
1/2624Open Forum which developed questions to be addressed by N.C. legislators at a future meeting
1/1927Alvin Wallace, Youth Empowered to Bring Change
1/1236Annual Forum Party
1/531Sharon Wright, RISE gang prevention and career education program at Garinger High
Date Attending Speaker
12/29 No Forum
12/22 No Forum.
12/1527Vincent King, First Tee; Tayuanee Dewberry, Right Moves for Youth; Jeremiah Hopes, Center for Hopes
12/831Elijah Watson, Striving Together Achieving Real Solutions; Derrick Long, Police Activities League
12/122 Brian Willis, president-elect, 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc.
11/2425Rev. Ricky Woods, pastor of First Baptist West and chair of its Community Services Association
11/1728Lawrence Tolliver for the Charlotte chapter of National Black Child Development Institute
11/1025Cathy Sheafor, Charlotte Community School for Girls
11/3 Election day. No Meeting. (Site is used as a polling place.)
10/2728Charlotte City Council candidates in Districts 6, 7
10/2039Charlotte mayoral candidates Anthony Foxx and John Lassiter
10/1332Charlotte City Council at-large candidates
10/622CMS school board candidates from District 6
9/2949U.S. Rep. Mel Watt, 11th District
9/2241CMS school board candidates from District 3
9/15 City Primary Election. No Meeting. (Site is used as a polling place.)
9/837CMS school board candidates from District 1, 2
9/127Charlotte GOP mayoral candidates Martin Davis and John Lassiter
8/2536City Council District 2, District 5 and some At-Large Democrats unable to be at Aug. 11 Forum
8/1837City Council At-Large Republican candidates
8/1130City Council At-Large Democratic candidates
8/450CMS Supt. Peter Gorman
7/2811Visit to Harambee! hour at Freedom School, Johnson C. Smith University
7/2139Curtis Carroll, CMS Area Superintendent for the Achievement Zone
7/1417Open Forum
7/734Roslyn Jacobs and Kathy Ridge, Mecklenburg Citizens for Public Education: local, U.S. education trends
6/3031Ken Simmons on education of children in CMS, from a black educator's perspective
6/2332Dr. Vernon M. Herron, practicing genealogist, on persons and places of interest discovered locally
6/1617Open Forum
6/939Dr. Ronald L. Carter, president, J.C. Smith University
6/243Civil rights attorney Julius Chambers
5/2624Mary Nell McPherson for Freedom Schools
5/1917 Winona Chestnut for Fighting Back, Jennifer DeRue for City Economic Development
5/1212Eunice Dudley, CFO of Dudley Products (Power outage forced move to Ivory Baker Center)
5/542County Manager Harry Jones
4/2826MIddle School Matters: Claire Tate and Kate Shem, POST; Dena Paulding, YMCA University City
4/2124Dr. Trasha Black & Henry Black, Genesis Project; Rhonda Blackmon, Joy Within Enrichment Center
4/1423Terry Ellington, Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium; Trish Hobson, Emergency Men's Shelter
4/742Molly Griffin, chairperson, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
3/3134Allegra Westbrooks, Magnolia Pickens and other women first to break racial barriers in Charlotte
3/2433Mary Wilson, Department of Social Services; Carrie Gibson, project director of "Achieve Together"
3/1729Women who broke barriers: Sarah Coleman, Thereasea Elder, Anna Hood
3/1026Fannie Flono, Charlotte Observer editorial writer
3/3 No meeting due to icy roads
2/2423Charles Woodyard, CEO, Charlotte Housing Authority
2/1720Katie Oates on growing food in North Tryon neighborhoods
2/1024Ken Koontz, WENS-TV, on inauguration coverage from Washington D.C.
2/3 21Robert Dawkins, Democracy N.C. on campaign finance reform
1/2722John Crawford, Rev. Marty McCarthy on Regents School
1/208Eric Guckian, Executive Director, New Leaders for New Schools
1/1340James Ross, recently appointed District 3 school board member
1/626LaWana Mayfield, Grassroots Leadership Mecklenburg Justice Project
Date Attending Speaker
12/30 No meeting
12/23 No meeting
12/1657Christmas Party
12/917Rev. Melvin Whitley, Stop the Bullet Coalition
12/231Pam Jefsen, CEO of American Red Cross Carolinas Chapter
11/25 No Forum: Thanksgiving Week
11/1816Hospice Ex. VP Pam Barrett
11/1121Election recap; Martha Gamble Hall
11/4 No Forum: Election Day
10/2831NC Senate, Bonds
10/2119District Court Judges
10/1437NC House, 9th District House
10/730County commission at-large candidates
9/3048Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue
9/2326Parent University Sue Gorman
9/1633Supt. Peter Gorman
9/919Saundra Scales, First Legacy Credit Union; Nancy Stroud, Anita Stroud Foundation
8/2628New city, county officials: DSS Director Mary Wilson; Assistant City Manager Eric Campbelll; Chief Information Officer Jeffrey Stovall; CATS CEO Keith Parker; presented by Community Relations Committee Director Willie Ratchford; City Manager Curt Walton attended and spoke.
8/1924Nutrition Coalition Marilyn Marks Society of St. Andrew Beverly Howard Loaves & Fishes Ron Ahlert Community Culinary School of Charlotte Sibyl Durant Friendship Trays Lucy Bush Carter Friendship Trays
8/1221Census 2010 Laura McClettie
8/524CMS magnets: Vilma Leake, Tom Tate, Robbie Kale
7/2914United Family Services housing counseling
7/2246Police Chief Rodney Monroe
7/1525Kevin Vinson, YMCA
7/833Harry Jones, county manager
7/120Ahmad Daniels
6/2424Robert Dawkins, Democracy South
6/1720No speaker
6/1025Joel Ford, Mecklenburg Democratic Party
6/362Supt. Peter Gorman
5/2722Marlon Smith, Success By Choice
5/2023Ulysses Ford
5/1320Alvin Curry
5/6No meeting: Primary election
4/29249th District Congress
4/2230District Court judges
4/1536Nathaniel Cooper, Trista Allen, Harold Cogdell
4/838Edy Brotherton, Nick Mackey, Drew Saunders
4/136Mary Richardson, Kelly Alexander, Lloyd Scher
3/2530Commissioner District 2 Democratic primary
3/1821Commissioner Democratic primary
3/1123Toni Tupponce
3/427Colette Jeffries, CMS afterschool programs
2/2639West Charlotte High School Gospel Choir
2/1928Ken Koontz
2/1232Beatrice Thompson
2/534Generation Engage
1/2938Malcolm Graham, Vi Lyles, CM3A
1/2215Jim Garges, Park and Recreation
1/1534Kendrick Gholston, James Matthews, Middle School Matters
1/833Ralph Taylor, Aretha Blake
Date Attending Speaker
12/1848Christmas Party
12/1124Mixed Income Housing Coalition
12/428Nick Mackey
11/2716No speaker
11/2021League of Women Voters on school funding
11/1331Westside Episcopal School
11/6No meeting: Election Day
10/3023Discussion of 11-6 election
10/2326At-large City Council
10/1632At-large school board
10/929Pat McCrory
10/225Beverly Earle
9/2522Dennis Rash
9/1827Debra Campbell
9/11No meeting: Primary election
9/417No speaker
8/2832Transit tax repeal advocate Don Reid
8/2134City Manager Curt Walton
8/1417No speaker
8/712No speaker
7/31NAYolanda Harris
7/2438Supt. Peter Gorman
7/1721No speaker
7/1031City Council members James Mitchell, Michael Barnes
7/3No meeting