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Black Issues Forum: 2900 Series (2013-2014)
December 2, 2013 - The Howard Lee Institute - Howard N. Lee has served North Carolina as Senator, Mayor, Chair of the State Board of Education, and Director of the state's Education Cabinet under Governor Beverly Perdue. Today his work for the community endures through the Howard N. Lee Institute. He shares his vision for the organization and commentary on the current status of African American boys.
November 23, 2013 - The North Carolina Fund - In 1963, North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford declared war on poverty with a revolutionary plan centered on education, job training, and housing. View highlights from the film Change Comes Knocking as Director/filmmaker Rebecca Cerese of Shelter from the Storm Productions and Dr. Shun Robertson of MDC discuss how the North Carolina Fund influenced effective community organizing and why it was also at the center of controversy.
November 17, 2013 - Using Obamacare - The original purpose of the Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare was to help more Americans gain access to health coverage by helping reduce what you spend on health insurance, expanding benefits, and removing barriers to coverage. On October 1st 2013, an online health insurance marketplace opened up, but a lot of Americans still have questions about how to use the exchange or if they should use it. Sandra Miller Jones, Founder and CEO of Segmented Marketing Services and Michele Smith, a Health Benefits specialist with A&M Benefits LLC address some of these questions.
November 10, 2013 - STEM Woman: Gloria Shealey - Gloria Shealey is President and CEO of the Durham based construction firm The Daniele Company, and she's spent the last 25 years building her business and strategy for survival and success. Find out more about one of her most recent accomplishments as Construction Manager Partner on Honda Aircraft Company's 20 million dollar Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, and what she's doing to stay on top as a woman in a STEM industry.
November 3, 2013 - NCCU's BRITE Discoveries - NCCU's Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) is home to science discoveries and making it's mark on the worldwide community as well as the lives of aspiring pharmaceutical professionals. Drs. Li-An Yeh and Hazell Reed discuss ongoing developments at BRITE's and the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnical Research Institute (JLC-
October 27, 2013 - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville Asheville's YMI Cultural Center celebrates 120 years since it opened in 1893 as The Young Men's Institute. Founded by African Americans Isaac Dickson and Dr. Edward Stephens and funded by George Vanderbilt, it housed a kindergarten, adult schools, a library, drugstore, doctor's offices, swimming pool and more. Historian Dr. Darin Waters and YMI Director Sharon West share its history.
October 20, 2013 - How School Choice Works - Beginning in 2014, eligible parents will be able to use opportunity scholarships or vouchers to pay for private school tuition. In the July 2013 legislative session lawmakers passed a bill to allow the scholarships as part of the state budget, in part to address the issue of low student performance. Join Darrell Allison, President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina PEFNC and Rodney Wllis, President of the North Carolina Association of Educators NCAE for an informative discussion about how these vouchers are designed to work and also what educational choices are opening up in public education. For more information on eligibility for opportunity scholarships and how to apply, go online to the North Carolia Education Assistance Authority NCEAA.
October 13, 2013 - Why STEM Matters for Blacks - It is well known technology innovation is a nation's top indicator of economic strength and power. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 5% of U.S. workers are employed in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields, yet this small segment of the workforce accounts for more than 50% of our sustained economic expansion. These workers are high in demand, and that means better job opportunities and pay for those with STEM skills. Statistics reveal, however, very few minorities and women employed or seeking degrees in these fields. Guests Tina Marcus, Project Manager for STEM Education and Leadership for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; Dr. Lee Stiff, President, EDSTAR Analytics and Professor of Mathematics Education in the College of Education at North Carolina State University; and Enrico Copeland, President and CEO of Global Health Connections International discuss why the numbers are low and what work is being done to create more balance.
October 7, 2013 - Wilmington Author's Journey to Network TV - It's a writer's fairytale for North Carolina author Jason Mott. We'll talk to the Wilmington, NC native and author of the New York Times Best seller "The Returned" about the ups and downs of his manuscript's journey to becoming a major network television series.
September 29, 2013 - Rights and Gender - While we reflect this year on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, where do issues around women's rights and gender equality fit in? Dr. Valerie Ann Johnson of Bennett College, the founder of WomenNC Beth Dehghan, and life-long women's and human rights activist Adrienne Witherspoon share their perspectives.
September 22, 2013 - 50 Years After the March - Thousands participated in the historic 1963 March on Washington for jobs and freedom. Now, 50 years later, how far have we come in overcoming? The March on Washington, which took place on August 28th 1963. While it became a signature event in the Civil Rights Movement marked by Martin Luther King Jr's unforgettable "I Have a Dream Speech," the main goals of the march included a call to action for a comprehensive civil rights bill to end segregated public accommodations and schools, protection of the right to vote, and a federal works program to address unemployment. Today, we'll bring you the reflections 50 Years After the March by North Carolinians and talk to history professor Dr. David Dennard of East Carolina University and Gene Nichol of the UNC Poverty Center about the progress made on some of the biggest issues that led to the March.
September 15, 2013 - The Kinsey Collection - Married for more than 40 years, Shirley and Bernard Kinsey are native Californians who followed corporate careers with the pursuit of their passion for African American art and culture. Today, their growing collection includes an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. Letters penned by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a first-edition book of poetry by Phillis Wheatley, and works or art by renowned African-American artists such as John Biggers and Romare Bearden. Meet the Kinseys and find out more about The Kinsey Collection on display at the Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC plus other events coming soon to the Gantt.
September 8, 2013 - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville - 120 Years of Black Culture in Asheville Asheville's YMI Cultural Center celebrates 120 years since it opened in 1893 as The Young Men's Institute. Founded by African Americans Isaac Dickson and Dr. Edward Stephens and funded by George Vanderbilt, it housed a kindergarten, adult schools, a library, drugstore, doctor's offices, swimming pool and more. Historian Dr. Darin Waters and YMI Director Sharon West share its history.
September 1, 2013 - Urban Gardening - Urban and community gardening and farming could be a way to provide healthy food alternatives to residents of areas traditionally unfriendly to growing produce and also help overcome issues of food access. Bell Street Community gardener Mary Norwood, Lee Carol Giduz, Director of the Caldwell Arts Council, and David Horn, Vice President for Business Development at Caldwell Memorial Hospital share how they made a the Caldwell Community Garden program work.