|When||September 20, 2017, 5:30 PM|
|Where||McKnight Hall in Cone University Center|
|Speaker(s)||Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and Charles Dee O’Dell, co-chairs of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force|
|Registration Details & Deadlines||RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 704-687-5161
|Who is Invited||General Public, UNC Charlotte students, faculty and staff|
|Parking Details||Cone Visitors Parking Deck|
Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and Charles Dee O’Dell, co-chairs of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, will report on the task force’s findings at the 2017 Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture.
Scheduled for 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, the lecture, A Roadmap of Opportunity for Charlotte, will be in McKnight Hall in Cone University Center, on the UNC Charlotte campus. Special recognition and a reception will follow the lecture.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force was created after a study by Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, revealed that Charlotte-Mecklenburg ranked 50th out of 50 communities in upward mobility for children born into our lowest income quintile. The task force was formed to address the social and economic divide in the community and the opportunity and mobility challenges that so many children, youth and families experience. Its task was to investigate why the odds of moving out of poverty are so low for children born in Mecklenburg and, based on its findings, to recommend a plan of action to change this long-standing situation.
UNC Charlotte’s Africana Studies Department inaugurated the annual lecture in 2008 to honor Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey’s pioneering contributions to the development of Africana Studies as an academic discipline at UNC Charlotte. The lecture is an intellectual and social forum to engage with and connect to the Charlotte region’s diverse populations on issues of broad relevance.