On October 27, past and present community leaders from throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg came together for a central goal: to celebrate and honor the rich history of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations.
What began in 1961 as the Mayor’s Friendly Relations Committee, charged with calming local racial tensions of the time, has developed into a group renowned in the community for advocating on behalf of all residents.
Now called Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations, this division of the City Manager’s office serves as a civil and human rights protection group.
View pictures from the 50th anniversary celebration.
At the celebration, Service Awards for past chairs were distributed:
- Chapin A. Ferguson
- Harriet Kaplan
- Sam Smith
- C. Don Steger
- Angeles Ortega-Moore
- Jack Bullard, former CRC Executive Director
- Dr. John R. Cunningham (posthumously)
- Dr. Warner Hall (posthumously)
- Dr. Leon Riddick (posthumously)
- Dr. J. Randolph Taylor (posthumously)
- Dr. Billy Wireman (posthumously)
Additionally, several partners in our community were also honored:
Justice Seeker Awards
Lifetime Achievement Awards