ONE Charlotte

Sunday, November 6, 2016

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Romare Bearden Park
300 South Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

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CHARLOTTE, NC—Thursday, November 3, 2016 – Charlotteans from across the city are joining together for a day of caring and unity as “ONE Charlotte”. ONE Charlotte is a holistic strategy designed to begin the conversation around investments in our community’s critical needs and to offer ways to begin the healing process after September’s protests and demonstrations.


ONE Charlotte’s activation will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6th with a symbolic march from the Square to Romare Bearden Park, followed by a program designed to create unity through music, dance and spoken word.  The leaders of ONE Charlotte will express their commitment and invite the conversation around needs, investments and community engagement. 


Speakers will include civic, corporate, and faith leaders, community activists and grassroots organizations joined by a 100 voice choir, dancers, drummers and high energy secular bands. This coalition of participants represents the diverse population of greater Charlotte.  Confirmed participants include: Jesse Cureton, Novant Health, Gene Woods, Carolinas Healthcare System, Brett Carter, Bank of America, Pastor Clifford A. Jones, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor David Chadwick, Forest Hill Church, Rabbi Judy Schindler, Queens University of Charlotte, Tiffany Capers, Black Lives Matter – Charlotte, 100 Voice Choir, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, and saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield.


The ONE Charlotte initiative is bold and aspirational. Making Charlotte a thriving city for all will require the efforts of the entire community. The activation event will not make any declarations, rather it is the launch and beginning of a much longer, participatory process aimed at bringing long-term change to Charlotte’s communities in need. ONE Charlotte aspires to facilitate this change through four pillars: 


  1. Invest and partner in neighborhoods most in need.
  2. Invest in the recommendations of the economic opportunity task force.
  3. Invest and partner with social and criminal justice systems.
  4. Invest and remove barriers to ensure access to: education, employment and healthcare.



Following the activation event, various initiatives and work streams will be activated to begin the work focused on fulfilling the commitments set by the four pillars and the community engagement. 


Interviews with One Charlotte leadership: Brett Carter, Jesse Cureton and Gene Woods can be facilitated before and during the march, and after 2:30 p.m., as the event schedule permits.


Follow ONE Charlotte on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @onecharlottenc

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