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250 Things to do in Charlotte

In celebration of Charlotte’s 250th Anniversary, we have compiled a list of 250 things and ways to get involved in Charlotte.

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11. Walk/bicycle the US Civil Rights Trail


August Community Training Session

12. Plan a group community service like reading at a school

13. Read the executive summary of the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report

14. Attend a holiday celebration different from your own

15. Shop at a different grocery store

16. Visit SHARECharlotte.org to give resources to nonprofits, donate, or volunteer

17. Join a city or county planning board or committee

18. Go to the International Festival at UNC Charlotte

19. Attend a church service in a different part of town

20. Make a real relationship with one person

21. Educate the youth in your life about your experiences of segregation. Help them make relevant connections

22. Put new tools in the toolbox (ex: Community Land Trust as an inclusionary model)

23. Put a fee on the permitting process (ex: Denver has done this)

24. Welcome everyone to participate in the solutions!

25. Help raise awareness of value of property + good finances (+how) and help people become homeowners in Charlotte

26. Increase financial literacy for youth and young adults

27. Support guaranteed minimum income for a livable wage

28. Mandate affordable housing- mandatory inclusionary housing /zoning for new developments

29. Subsidize income, education, and healthcare

30. Respect and acknowledge each other- start with the service workers, teachers, and helpers

31. More community gardens- pay youth to tend these gardens

32. Mandate training for leadership of local organizations to learn more about equity and poverty

33. Focus on the equitable distribution of resources (ex: evaluate school allocations)

34. Detox, recovery, racism program should be developed to support ongoing work in Charlotte

35. Be intentional about dismantling the racist system

36. Use real words to address class privilege and racism in any panel or town hall conversations led by the city

37. Research neighborhood and local schools

38. Learn about their demographics, interview parents, and learn the school's history

39. Improve 3rd grade literacy by volunteering to read in CMS Northstar Literacy program

40. Commit to 10 hours of reading each year

41. Free universal pre-k for all four year olds in Charlotte- Mecklenburg county.

42. In-service training related to desegregation required for all city and county employees

43. Create opportunities for flexibility in learning/planning to adjust if history or inequity is perpetuated by programming or development in a community

44. Don't be scared to disagree- encourage ways to work through conflict together

45. Acknowledge gentrification as the "new segregation"

46. Evaluate policies and procedures if they disproportionately impact people of color, particularly for development in the East and West sides of Charlotte

47. Get to know department heads for the city and county through networking

48. Share stories and learn from each other

49. Visit Mercy Hospital, smile, take flowers, or bring cards during visiting hours to the patients

50. Adjust taxes for residents who willingly participate in mixed group housing

51. Volunteer as a Leading on Opportunity life navigator

52. Provide clear communications to support bank employees as community volunteers- share worthwhile opportunities

53. Eat a locally owned restaurant- especially those nearest your neighborhood

54. Create comprehensive plan to integrate school, check accountability each year

55. Share at least one idea at a public forum that brings people together

56. Increase teacher pay for all public school teachers

57. Require schools to partner with community and neighbors. Students should have a volunteer service project to do each year in their school and community

58. Build/support training opportunities for jobs. Students who do not want to attend college can still attend trainings

59. Eastland redevelopment has the opportunity to show the integration and diversity of our community

60. Make Eastland a hub with career and talent development, after-school classes and family engagement

61. Overhaul CMS schools- Let Teachers teach

62. Examine the upward mobility of at least two schools in CMS- follow student paths and conduct a longitudinal study

63. Tutor second graders in reading skills

64. Evaluate the current effectiveness of our economic development tactics. Do they include respect for ourselves and each other?

65. Support arts engagement in schools

66. Diversify vocational offerings in schools for wider training opportunities

67. Create a community wide talent showcase for CMS students

68. Share the On the Table CLT experience and materials with others to keep the conversation going

69. Encourage clients and customers to vote for people who represent the values that align with others

70. Serve as a mentor to young people from a different socio-economic background

71. Require developers to invest $$$ for low income housing when they plan for a new site

72. Create educational program at schools for parents to get GEDs, introduction to parenting skills, and money management skills

We harvested feedback from On The Table CLT participants to add to this list.

We harvested feedback from On The Table CLT participants to add to this list.

73. Access and the transfer of wealth and knowledge and experience

74. Create spaces for teachers and students to have real discussions about race/ segregation/ integration (ex: 2 different schools openly discussing difference)

75. Help support people who are trying to bridge relationships across difference at work and school

76. Encourage students to visit other schools in different areas of the district

77. Mentoring programs for teachers (tenured w/new)

78. Partnerships between teachers and students

79. Seek out different perspectives on difficult topics

80. Share history with newcomers- pass the timeline along to them.

81. Encourage congregations to travel/experience different worship experiences

82. Share books about Charlotte in the "little libraries"

83. Support field trips to historically relevant places in your community, like old churches, museums, and general stores

84. Shop at small grocers whenever possible

85. Shop at farmer's market and share some produce with neighbors

86. Make a group travel experience to the capital of NC to testify/advocate for an important issue

87. Send the principal at your local school a card thanking them for their leadership

88. Send a small business owner a card thanking them for their leadership

89. Plan a neighborhood "block party" by collaborating with your neighbors

90. Share a neighborhood hot chocolate and marshmallow party in your front yard, share history of the neighborhood

91. Organize a vigil to celebrate something beautiful in your community emerging after a tragedy

92. Encourage students to make a mini-documentary of their school experience and share with students from other schools

93. Volunteer at BOOM Charlotte in April

94. Brainstorm ways that you can combat oppression with a church group or at a PTA meeting

95. Interrupt racism in the moment by challenging the language or behaviors of others

96. Organize alongside people who are different than you

97. Attend a Race Matters for Juvenile Justice program

98. Pay attention to events at Little Rock AME Church- they host welcoming events for community engagement

99. Share anti-oppression resources with personal and professional networks

100. Reflect on what you learned at your table this year and plan a bigger On the Table CLT experience for next year

101. Purposely spend time observing interactions in different parts of Charlotte, like University and SouthPark- pay attention to what you notice about interactions, police presence, and community engagement

102. Learn to listen to people across difference. Make it a point to spend time listening today

103. Find/create a learning community to share new ideas and experience new things with

104. Create a giving campaign with a local school that serves under-resourced students

105. Talk directly with a friend about how oppression and racism show up in the city

106. Attend a poetry reading hosted by Slam Charlotte- they often speak directly to issues in the city

107. Find local artists to support like Bree Stallings or Nico Amortegui who are not afraid to tackle issues of race head on in their work

108. Call out and Call in friends who may be deliberately ignoring or causing harm to others

109. Honor the Native spaces we occupy by naming the tribal and first peoples who were here historically

110. Watch America to Me documentary- attend a training with your children. Nov. 18th

111. Watch out for coded language in presentations, we can use real words to discuss discrimination in our community

112. Listen carefully if someone is telling a story about racial discrimination. Try to understand their perspective

113. As we approach holidays be respectful when designing your costume, no cultural appropriation


114. Dia De Los Muertos is an opportunity to learn and share, attend an event in Charlotte

115. Acknowledge when you harm others, look for ways to apologize or repair the relationship

116. Examine the board of trustees for local nonprofit you support- are the board members representative of Charlotte? Do they have proximity to the problem they are trying to solve?

117. Ask: what can I do to address my unconscious bias today? Take Harvard Implicit bias test online

118. Make a 1:1 connection with a custodian or support staff-person around you

119. Listen to voices of dissent in community forums and town halls, seek clarification

120. Examine assumptions you have about groups that are different than you. Are you basing your opinions off of stereotypes?

121. Public events should openly acknowledge young people in the room the way they always point out elected leaders

Use the timeline to share history with newcomers.(Queen City Unity)

Use the timeline to share history with newcomers.(Queen City Unity)

122. Share airtime- your voice isn't the only one that needs to be heard

123. Say thank you

124. Inspire deeper learning by sharing resources, books, articles to your family during Thanksgiving

125. Recognize results- do you know of a leader who is an outstanding model of equity- give them a shout out!

126. It would be great to get groups of students from different high schools together to tell these stories to each other. They might have some great action ideas. Ex: West Kell, an exchange between West Charlotte and Ardrey Kell.

127. Bring stakeholders (parents, community orgs, etc.) to the table to provide educational equity for ALL students.

128. Deconstruct local news events around race.

129. Increase public art and the arts in “segregated” schools and neighborhoods.

130. With unlimited resources, I would find a way to reverse the resegregation of our schools.

131. With $100 and a day, I would volunteer to read/tutor in a local school providing a mentor from a different socio-economic background to impressionable children.

132. I would start education programs at schools for parents to get GED’s, intro into parenting skills, and money management.

133. Financial literacy classes at my church in uptown.

134. Require developers to invest $ for low income housing when they plan a new development.

135. I will share this experience with others I encounter and co-workers. I encourage my clients to vote for people who represent the values that align with theirs.

136. If I had unlimited resources I would build schools focusing on all cultures/languages/ and music.

137. I would tutor fifth graders in social skills who are having bullying problems.

138. CMS schools need to be overhauled to let kids and teachers teach! Get politics and money out of the system to lead people of all colors, races, and economic level to feel better about themselves “respect” for each other.

139. If I had unlimited resources i would build training centers to train new graduates on life skills- like balancing their accounts, paying taxes, and speaking to their neighbors.

140. Five Points development has the opportunity to show the integration and diversity and create cross-generational input!

141. Bring back busing students- just use smaller transportation zones.

142. More focus on homelessness solutions.

143. Projects to bring more people together.

144. Stop voter suppression.

145. Increase teacher pay.

146. Schools should not be stand alone but should be part of larger community of neighbors, parents, parishes, volunteers. Students should be invited into the larger community not just school community.

147. I think we need focus groups with people involved (ie: students and teachers) having real discussions about bridging their relationships (ie student from 2 different schools openly discussion) then experience visiting each other’s school in effort to make schools equal.

148. Mentoring programs for teachers (tenured with new)

149. Speak truth to power.

150. I loved this event. Ask: How Can we do more to allow us to hear others perspectives on difficult topics? Let’s talk to our nieghbors about what would motivate them to come.

151. Form an America to Me watch party- sign up on their website to get a pass to watch the show with a group. *Facilitation guide provided as well.

152. Seek Clarity: Find issue you want to address and try to be specific.

153. Form I’m Not a Racist, Am I -watch party.

154. Partner with the African American middle class for ways to get civically engaged.

155. Self efficacy means that the youth know and understand their self worth.

156. Create more workshop programs for youth related to racial equity.

157. Find a way to purposefully engage private industry (I.E Bank of America).

158. How to gain inclusion for title 1 schools in CMS- are they participating in advocacy for students.

159. Speak up, speak out be heard. Writing letters!

160. Self awareness training.

161. When you know your history you know your worth(teach children about the past/what can change the future).

162. Volunteer in schools outside of your community- West Charlotte welcomes you!

163. Get your free copy of Color of Law at colorofthelaw.com

164. Join the community event on Januar 28th First Baptist Church West.

165. Mentorship in title 1 schools

166. Show up and speak out.

167. More interaction between enemies- can we seek out those who are different and have different values.

168. Support Y.E.S. program.

169. Learn about your local government. Consider the CLA course.

170. Create/leverage an app to connect non profits (Share Charlotte).