Exchanging stories and ideas can fuel movements, and we believe that we, as neighbors, have what it takes to make Charlotte-Mecklenburg an inclusive & welcoming community.
On The Table is a community-wide civic engagement initiative that will consist of mealtime dialogues hosted in workplaces, libraries, homes and other community locations – even in the park. They can be sit-down, catered, potluck, brown bag or even coffee and doughnuts. Maximum flexibility is the name of the game, and materials and support will be provided.
Engagement is action! When we come together to learn from and with each other, we have the power to impact our communities. On The Table is about being exposed to new ideas, perspectives and ways of thinking while connecting to information, resources and opportunities.
Charlotte has experienced the unrest that has been growing in cities across the country. Our hope is that the continued conversation, even the difficult topics, increases understanding and provides new ways forward-- together.
On The Table CLT is part of Knight Foundation’s national replication of the On The Table civic engagement initiative pioneered by The Chicago Community Trust and currently operated by Foundation For The Carolinas.
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On The Table CLT | The Legacy of Segregation in Charlotte and its Continued Impact
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Engagement is Action
On The Table CLT is a day for Mecklenburg County residents to come together and talk about ways to make our community more connected, dynamic, and opportunity-rich.
On Wednesday October 25, 2017, more than 5,000 people gathered as small groups in homes, parks, businesses, libraries, and restaurants to interact and exchange ideas.
What it looked like
On Wednesday October 25, we saw people of all ages from neighborhoods across the city modelling a behavior we often say we need more of. We smiled in the park, shook hands with strangers, talked to each about the most challenging issues facing our community, and shared those ideas with each over the course of the day.
We all made a decision to show up, and to attend to each other. We showed we already have what it takes to cultivate a network of common respect, where we value each other more than the physical and invisible barriers built to keep us apart.
What we believe
We believe in the power of connecting on a deeper level with those inside and outside our normal networks.
We believe that exchanging stories and ideas can fuel movements.
We believe that we, as neighbors, have what it takes to make Charlotte-Mecklenburg a better community.