WE NEED TO LISTEN! On September 20, 2016 Keith Lamont Scott was shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer when he stepped from an SUV parked outside of his University City apartment. The shooting sparked weeks of protests that nearly tore our city apart.
The protests, however, were not only a reaction to the shooting of yet another black man by police, but a release of built-up frustration with growing inequality in our city. A city that ranks at the bottom of economic mobility according to a study by the Equality of Opportunity Project. In Charlotte, more than in any of the other 51 cities examined, the study found that if you are born poor you are likely to die poor.
Come listen to the voices of Charlotteans who rose up last September to protest how they have been impacted by racial and economic disparities. Hear the concerns of those who say Charlotte’s searing lack of upward mobility is proof that the American Dream is dead for a large portion of our city.
Join this listening session to help Charlotte figure out “where we go from here” and hear ideas about ways to address these and other issues that threaten our community.
Speakers will include: Toussaint Romain, Rev. Amantha Barbee, Braxton Winston, Danielle Hilton, Meko McCarthy and others.
Monday, June 5, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
First Methodist Church
501 N Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202