Happy Monday, QCity!
Today, read about a West End principal on hoping for a new facility, a quote of the day and what’s happening in Charlotte this week.
Today in History: In 1947, the NAACP sent “An Appeal to the World” to the United Nations, asking them to address human rights violations in the United States. The document detailed segregation, lynchings and systematic inequalities that oppressed Black people in the U.S.
Today in Charlotte: Yoga and Wellness at beSocial
High school principal hopes for new facility
Mecklenburg County residents will soon vote on a $2.5 billion bond referendum, which includes a number of school renovations and replacements.
Among the projects is a $202 million plan to build a new building for Harding University High School.
“School houses are your second home,” Principal Glenn Starnes told QCity Metro. “Our students deserve the best learning environment.”
Read on. [Jalon Hill]
CITY & COUNTY
Upcoming vote on Plaza-Midwood’s social district
Charlotte City Council is expected to vote on the fate of a social district in Plaza-Midwood today.
What it means: If approved, it would become the first area in the city where people are able to walk around with open, to-go alcoholic beverages.
But mind you…It’s not a free-for-all situation. It’ll only be acceptable within a designated area at specific operating times. Open container fines and penalties still exist outside said area.
Okay, so… If it’s approved and you’re of drinking age, you’ll be able to take alcohol — in specifically labeled cups — from one participating business to another in Plaza-Midwood.
One ride goes a long way
A $200,000 grant from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to local nonprofit Care Ring, has provided more than 2,600 free uber rides to those in need.
Before learning about the Care Ring program, Anner Herrera said, “I was very sad because I was scheduled with almost weekly appointments, and I was going to bed at night thinking, ‘How am I going to make my appointments?”
These Uber rides are helping Charlotte residents obtain health care, nutritious food and safe homes.
Embracing discomfort to learn history
When visiting Middleton Place, a plantation-turned-museum, tourists are not told to “enjoy your time here.” Instead, marketing and coordinating director Alana Long wishes them a transformative experience.
One part of this experience is Ashey’s Sack. The sack was gifted by an enslaved woman to her nine-year-old daughter when she learned her daughter was to be sold.
“…While it can bring up negative emotions for myself, being African American, I choose to be happy and proud of the fact that I even have the chance to be here, as someone who is free, knowing that my ancestors were at sites similar to this and thinking about the backbreaking, hard, terrible work and lives they had to lead.”
Read on to learn more.
THINGS TO DO
Pumpkin patch, nature walk and more this week in Charlotte
Candle-making session: Vibe out to R&B and Hip Hop while you make a candle at the Vixen Ready Art Factory.
Femme it Forward presents – NONAME: Jam out to this woman rapper known for hits such as “Dippy Bob” and “Song 32” at The Underground.
The Black Maternal Healthcare Forum: Foster awareness and drive positive change in Black maternal healthcare at this event.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Atlanta Hawks: Watch a basketball game at the Spectrum Stadium.
Funk of Ohio: Celebrate musicians from Ohio, including Bootsy Collins and The Ohio Players.
Hodges Family Farm (Monday): Grab a pumpkins with your family at one of the oldest farms in Charlotte
Nature Book and Look (Monday): Learn about nature, followed by a hands-on activity, craft, or exploratory hike!
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“We’re trying to make sure that everywhere in Charlotte, people can thrive.”
That was Mayor Vi Lyles talking about the city’s efforts toward environmental justice at a press conference on Friday evening with the Council on Environmental Quality. One effort she mentioned that’s already underway is a tree program. The program’s goal is to build more trees in Charlotte’s historically Black neighborhoods, increasing shade and air quality.
Plan your holiday beach trip
A relaxing fall getaway is waiting for you in Hammock Coast. Just because it’s getting cooler out doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beach.
Around this time of year, Hammock Coast has fewer tourists but the same laid-back vibe and fun activities.
You can see how hammocks are made, shop at local boutiques, dine on a pier, and so much more. Read on to plan your trip so you don’t miss fun seasonal attractions like a traveling Harriet Tubman sculpture.
➡️ Local: Check your tickets. A Powerball ticket sold in Charlotte is the winner of $1 million from the latest drawing. (ABC)
➡️ State: A children’s roller coaster at the North Carolina State Fair had the kids removed when it shut down unexpectedly Saturday for the second time in three days, officials said. (CBS17)
➡️ Animals: The world’s oldest dog and Guinness World Record holder Bobi, a purebred Rafeiro do Alentejo, passed away at his home in Portugal on Saturday. (BBC)
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