John Belk 1966-1977 Mayor and benefactor of CharlotteBelk's influence on growth, infrastructure and UNC Charlotte from 2 year educational institute to 4 year intitute. Belk was also was very instrumental in the expansion of Charlotte’s airport as an international hub, enabling the city to become a major financial, transportation and distribution centerDouglas international and John Belk Freeway.
Expansion video https://youtu.be/M9XHZlX7y6E
West Charlotte Senior High (Lions)Fall of 1970 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools bus students in efforts to desegregate Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools according to Judge McMillan's decision in Swann v Mecklenburg. GRUNDY, P. (2017). Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5149/9781469634012_grundy
Julius ChambersSwann v Mecklenburg Board of Education 1964- 1975
Julius Chambers represents the Swann familiy and is successful which led to desegregation of Charlotte Mecklenburg schools by busing. Resentment is evidenced by the threat letters and multiple bombings of Chamber's office, home and car. Additionally the resentment is seen throughout the country as a threat to security of the status quo
UNCC Black Studies Program and Instructor Bertha Maxwell- RoddeyBertha Maxwell Roddey becomes UNCC's Black Studies Program’s founding director in 1971.
Scholarship, Research, Activism: A brief history of UNC Charlotte's Africana Studies Department: Inside UNC Charlotte: UNC Charlotte. Inside UNC Charlotte. (2021, February 22). https://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2021-02-08/scholarship-research-activism-brief-history-unc-charlotte%E2%80%99s-africana.
The Charlotte Three Thomas James (T.J) ReedyWicker, Tom. "Law And Vengance on Charlotte Three." Daytona Beach Morning Journal. Dec 28, 1974. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=Kk0fAAAAIBAJ&sjid=itEEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3665%2C4099626 (accessed February 12, 2021).
Attorney James Ferguson
1974 Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte( Harvey Gantt Center)Maxwell and English professor Mary Harper co-found the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte to offset some of the negative effects of desegregation and the destruction of Black neighborhoods due to urban renewal. Roberson, L. (2020, October 9). University remembers lasting legacy of Mary Harper: INSIDE Unc Charlotte: UNC Charlotte. https://inside.uncc.edu/news-features/2020-10-06/university-remembers-lasting-legacy-mary-harper.
Busing IntegrationIn 11/1974 Students from Boston Schools visit West Charlotte to meet with studets in efforts of understanding the impacts of intergration.
GRUNDY, P. (2017). BUSING. In Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality (p.80).
White students and parents riot as black students are bused into Mars, Boston school.
Mostly families of color displaced by Interstate Highway I-277Urban redevelopment results in an overwhelming loss of black culture i.e, schools, churches, and neighborhoods of African Americans in Charlotte. African American instructors are impacted by closure of schools.
GRUNDY, P. (2017). BUSING. In Color and Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality (pp. 59-82). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5149/9781469634012_grundy.7
1980 Wilmington 10 decission overturned by US Court of Appeals-February 6, 1971, Mike’s Grocery, in Wilmington, was firebombed (increasing racial tension and violence over the desegregation of the city’s high schools)
-prosecutor secured guilty verdicts by using perjured testimony and illegally excluding blacks from the jury. The Wilmington 10 and Firebombing of Mike's Grocery. NC DNCR. (2016, February 6). https://www.ncdcr.gov/blog/2015/02/06/the-wilmington-10-and-firebombing-of-mikes-grocery.
Establishment of district representation on City Council in 1977 for adequate representation of the Westside on City Councilhttps://www.charlottemagazine.com/district-representation-enters-local-politics/
Sam Smith insisted that Charlotte's Westside was the "stepchild"
A transformation of Charlotte politics occurred on April 19, 1977. That's when the voters approved by the narrowest of margins district representation on the Charlotte City Council.
October 11, 1976,vetoed by John Belk
Job Training Partnership Act of 1982JTPA Programs increase work readiness and employment experience of impoverished in Charlotte.
Mellnik, T. (1986, January 9). CHARLOTTE OFFICIALS BOOST ADVERTISING ON JOBS PROGRAM FOR
DISADVANTAGED. Charlotte Observer, The (NC), p. 9B. Available from NewsBank: America's News – Historical
and Current: https://infoweb-newsbank-com.proxy141.nclive.org/apps/news/document-view?
Kelly Alexander Honored by NAACP.Alexander revived the Chalotte Section NAACP as a Civil Rights Activst in Charlotte, leading by example and for African Americans until his death.
Opening-afro-american-cultural-centerLittle Rock AME Zion Church 1912-1981
Historical Building sold by Little Rock AME Zion Church ( 2nd Ward/ Brooklyn) during redevelopment after sale of deed to the city during urban development phase.
Our History. Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church.(2020). https://littlerockamezion.org/our-history.
Belk School of Business and Administration1990: The first college of business advisory council is established and Thomas M. Belk became chair
renamed Belk College of Business and Administration in Honor of the William Henry Belk family and the Belk organization.
(Belk college of BusinessBelk Gymnasium, Belk hall Irwin Belk Track & Field)
The Deadliest Year in Charlotte Lights for JusticeOfficers Burnette and Nobles known for Community Policing make a difference for West Charlotte community and Boulevard Homes.
Dee Sumpter founds Mother of Murdered Offspring (Henry Wallace)
The Million Man March400,000 - 1.1 million African American men, fathers, and attendees gatheres at the nation's capital in an effort to bring awareness of experiences of African American communities.
Diversity is the Future of UNCCCraig Fulton Director of Admissions
Incusion, community, growth and diversity
https://goldmine.uncc.edu/index/render/object/pid/ua:1422/parentPID/ua:publrel Faculty Demographics
-numbers and diversty of faculty speak on divesity and a need for growth and representation of students. Is the same message reflected by the faculty representation?
Asian F-2, M- 11, AA F-5, M-3, Hispanic F,1 ,M-1,
White F-39, M-138 total faculty of 200