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Community Relations Celebrates 50 Years of Serving Residents
Friday, October 21, 2011

Contact: Kelly Setzer, 704-336-4287

What started 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.
With a staff of 12 and an appointed committee of 45 working together, Community Relations ensures the rights of Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents are honored in housing and public places. They also assist with avoiding the costly pursuit of courtroom cases by serving as mediators. Among many other things, they are responsible for managing police-community relations and hosting community dialogue forums when gaps are forming between residents on various issues.
A celebration of 50 years of great service from Community Relations and a special unveiling will take place at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 27 at the Queens University Sports Complex (2229 Tyvola Road).

The event is open to the public, but space is limited. It is important for residents planning to attend to contact Ailen Arreaza at 704-336-3346 or to make reservations.