The Ninth Annual Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture

When September 20, 2017, 5:30 PM
Where McKnight Hall in Cone University Center
Website Lecture website
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 africana_studies@uncc.edu
or calling 704-687-5161
Cost $0.00
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 event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested at 704-687-5161 or at africana_studies@uncc.edu. Parking is available for a minimal charge in Cone Visitors Parking Deck.

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.

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