To uplift and unite the Charlotte communities, the Charlotte – Mecklenburg NAACP, Little Rock Community Development Center, and other local grassroots organizations have formed a coalition called Uprising to Uplifting (U2U). U2U is dedicated to providing a positive path forward for Charlotte’s under-served communities that have been impacted by inequity, lack of opportunity, and police shootings. Through U2U’s education, outreach, and other programs, U2U seeks to empower, train, and support economic mobility, particularly in Charlotte’s communities of color.
Minster Corine Mack takes part in a session of North Carolina leaders hosted by President Biden
U2U produces and annual program of educational workshops, musical performances and inspiring speakers on the anniversary of the the Charlotte Uprising. This outdoor event is intended to offer a positive path forward on a day that holds deep significance in communities of color. Workshops have included:
- Job Skills Workshop with Second Chance opportunities
- Overcoming Barriers to Housing Workshop
- Racism and Implicit Bias Workshop
- Conflict Resolution Workshop
- Three Faces of Power Workshop
Attendees can build on experiences and training offered annually with ongoing U2U events, workshops and trainings held throughout the year.
Background: On September 2016, our city experienced a police-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott, leading to what was later described as ”the 48 hours that shook Charlotte.” On the anniversary of this Charlotte Uprising , the U2U event seeks to reconcile, engage, educate and empower the future generations of Charlotte. Saturday’s U2U kickoff event and the subsequent U2U workshops and trainings scheduled for the coming year, provide a positive way forward for our Charlotte communities to collective effort.
Now is the time to go from Uprising to Uplifting!
In this time of COVID-19, many in under-served communities do not have the ability to stay at home or the resources to protect themselves. U2U coalition partners have stepped up to provide meals, masks and other support to those in need. To donate to support these efforts, please contact Corine Mack at 347-683-0264