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.
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
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
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
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
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.