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Charlotte Post Foundation hosts July 30 forum on COVID-19 impact
Virtual session on pandemic
Published Sunday, July 12, 2020 6:24 pm
by Ellison Clary | For The Charlotte Post

The Charlotte Post Foundation will host a virtual town hall on COVID-19's impact on the Black community on July 30.

A discussion of COVID-19 and its impact on Charlotte’s Black community is scheduled July 30 in a virtual town hall format by Black Lives Matter Charlotte.

Forum panelists are Mecklenburg County Health Director Gibbie Harris; Dr. Jerome Williams, cardiologist and senior vice president for Consumer Engagement at Novant Health and Tom Hanchett, historian-in-residence at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library.

Also participating are journalists Melba Newsome, a Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow at the University of Missouri who develops diversity training for newsrooms, and Herb White, editor of The Charlotte Post. Moderating the session is Tiffany Capers, executive director of the Crossroads Corporation for Affordable Housing & Community Development.

The town hall begins at 6 p.m. on July 30. The registration link is: http://tcpfdn.org/BLMC_reg.

“We will review a history of racial policies that have created poor health outcomes for Black people,” said Gerald Johnson, publisher of The Post and president of The Charlotte Post Foundation.

As part of The Charlotte Post Foundation, Black Lives Matter Charlotte holds forums on topics of particular importance to African Americans. This will be BLMC’s first session held through Zoom.

“The forum will include personal stories of Black people impacted by coronavirus,” Johnson said. “Our health experts will weigh in on what they have observed in Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 environment and discuss plans to deal with the pandemic.”

Anyone attending the virtual session will have opportunities to question the panelists, Johnson said, but capacity is limited. Registration is required.






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