One year after the Charlotte Uprising, we at CharlotteFive have teamed up with Levine Museum of the New South to discuss ways in which the people of Charlotte can respond, learn and continue to grow together as a community after the tragic death of Keith Lamont Scott. Such unity can only occur if each of us takes personal responsibility for our continued improvement. Here are three ways we can do just that.


  • Reflect on Charlotte’s History


For any issue to be addressed, we must have all the facts surrounding that issue. This is true for racial divides in a city, and a good place to start learning more about the Uprising and its purpose is at the K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace exhibit at Levine Museum of the New South. The exhibit is an excellent place for reflection and poses serious questions to attendees, such as “What does your Charlotte look like?” and “How might the history of unequal school and housing access still cause problems in today’s world?”


  • Dialogue with People You Don’t Know


Without a dialogue, the only perspective we will ever have is our own. And, like any complicated issue, access to only one perspective is not enough to deal with the aftermath of Keith Lamont Scott’s death and the protests that followed it. Therefore, Levine Museum of the New South will be hosting the third installment of its Breaking Bread event series on September 19th. This installment, in conjunction with the K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace exhibit, will offer attendees a diverse list of panelists to help unpack such issues as race relations, police-involved shootings, media and protests.


  • Listen to Experts on These Issues


An important method for understanding any issue is to hear from people who have studied the issue for many years and understand its complexities on a deep level. To that end, Levine Museum of the New South is pleased to host Dr. Carol Anderson on September 26th. Dr. Anderson is a professor of African American Studies at Emory University and is the author of the book “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.” She has been researching issues related to the CLT Uprising for many years and has garnered fellowships from such institutions as the National Humanities Center, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Ford Foundation, Harvard University and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

The K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace exhibit will be available until October 22nd. To purchase tickets for Breaking Bread or the author talk with Dr. Carol Anderson, click the hyperlinks in this article.

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  1. My learning moment was when the police did nothing stop stop the riot–if they had, then a life would have been spared. Uptown wouldn’t have been torn to pieces. And I would now feel that I could go in safety to Uptown at night. Since I don’t feel safe and secure that the police would help me if some disturbance occurred, then I won’t be going to uptown after work for any event. That is my response.

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