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Today, read about city council’s multi-million dollar effort toward addressing Charlotte’s displacement and affordable housing concerns, small business support in the city’s Corridors of Opportunity and more.

Today in History: In 1960, Ruby Bridges attended her first day of school at William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans, La. Bridges was the school’s first Black student. (More on this later…)

Today in Charlotte: Hornets vs. Miami Heat


Small business support increases in Corridors of Opportunity

Women working on construction. (Photo courtesy of She Built This City)

New support hubs are coming to Charlotte’s Corridors of Opportunity.

The $3.9 million in funding will help five local nonprofits provide training and support to local small businesses.

She Built This City, a Black-led organization that teaches women construction and manufacturing skills, will receive $302,267 to open a full-time training facility.

Keep reading. [Jalon Hill]


Charlotte to increase anti-displacement efforts

City council approved $5 million to create more programming around protecting Charlotte residents from displacement.

Displacement — being forced to leave one’s home because of rising housing costs — is a big concern in the area.

Funding will be used to create homeownership opportunities for families with low-to-moderate income, create more affordable rental units and more.

Read on. [Destiniee Jaram]


Get a Master’s in 10-months

Gardner-Webb University’s 10-month MPA program is designed for working professionals. The program can be completed in as little as ten months and provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in upper management positions.


Free mobile dental clinic coming to Charlotte

Dentists say red or swollen gums that bleed easily can be a clear sign that flossing and better dental habits are needed.

The North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics recently announced a new mobile dental clinic coming to the Charlotte area.

The organization received $500,000 from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to support a clinic on wheels that will offer free cleanings, fillings, extractions and more.

Why it matters: Around 44% of adults in North Carolina lack access to dental care, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data.

Keep reading. [Destiniee Jaram]


See what the buzz is about

Aldersgate the “Best Home Health Services” award by The Charlotte Observer in 2021 – it’s one of five of the communities’ “Best Of” awards.

Check out their website to learn more about their amenities like a park-like campus and podcast.


‘Like a little soldier’

Escorted by four U.S. marshals, Ruby Bridges’ walk into school was unlike any other child’s; a violent mob insulted her, screamed racial slurs, and threatened her life and family.

Bridges was the lone student for the whole school year; her entire class– and most of the school — withdrew. In retaliation for her role in integration, her grandparents were evicted from a farm they sharecropped on, her father was fired from his job, and the Bridges family was continually harassed and threatened.

But Bridges kept showing up. And held her head high.

One marshal later recalled the child’s courage. “She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier.”

The next year, eight Black students attended the school in first grade. Many of their parents cited Bridges’ perseverance as the sole reason for their enrollment.


Take your holiday vacation on the Hammock Coast

Six reasons to visit the Hammock Coast this fall

  • Get an up-close look at how hammocks are made in a 90-minute process
  • Shop at local boutiques for apparel and accessories
  • Experience Black history and culture at Brookgreen Garden
  • Fish, dine, or stroll along MarshWalk pier
  • Zip across the Hammock Coast in a Seakart Adventure

Read our guide to learn more about each activity.

More news

➡️ Local: One person was killed, and another was injured in a shooting late Monday afternoon. (WSOC)

➡️ Environment: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports water levels at Jordan Lake in North Carolina are four feet below normal, a noticeable impact from lack of rain. (ABC 11)

➡️ World: A CNN report says the Chinese government has built up the world’s largest known online disinformation operation and is using it to threaten and harass US residents, politicians, and businesses. (CNN)

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