Charlotte’s Recipe needs more dashes of Civility, Unity & Understanding
Queen City creative and celebrated writer, Page Leggett, recently experienced a strange homecoming when she returned to Washington, DC, where she lived in the 90s. She shares her thoughts on returning and on interacting with Michelle Obama’s portrait with us today … her birthday.
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In mid-August, several local black leaders in Charlotte received letters containing threatening, racist and violent language.
In response, a group of community leaders drafted the CLT 2019 Unity Letter, which was released on August 29. In the authors’ words, the letter was created “for people to voice their support of our diverse community and reject racism, bigotry and hate in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.”
The letter is open until noon on Sept. 4. for anyone who agrees with its message to sign online. The letter and all signers who give permission will be printed and shared in local media. The target date for publication is Sunday, Sept. 8.
While we were not among those who drafted the Unity Letter, we at Charlotte Is Creative wholly support its message and are proud to give it our support. We are sharing the letter in its entirety below. We encourage you to read it, think on it and, if you agree with its message, to sign it with us and put it into action in your life and work.
Matt Olin & Tim Miner, Co-Founders, Charlotte Is Creative
Click here to read the Unity Letter and sign it yourself.
Sam Mills may have passed away in 2005, but his example and legacy continue to stand taller than any building here in Charlotte. As a linebacker for the Carolina Panthers, Mills excited everyone watching from the stands. But, it was his courage and poise in the face of a cancer diagnosis that left a truly indelible mark on this city.
Walking around Uptown on Sept. 1, 2019 — the morning of the inaugural Around the Crown 10K — we were drawn to his statue (sculpted by Todd Andrews), standing proudly against the skyline by Bank of America Stadium. His charge to his fellow Panthers, “Keep Pounding,” has become a rallying cry for the Queen City and a reminder to never give up on the challenges that define us as people and as a city.
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