Charlotte Talks: Ten Men- Celebrating West Side Agents For Change

Sep 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Every part of Charlotte has its own history and its own set of history makers. Today, we hear about 10 men who left their mark on Charlotte’s West Side. Award-winning author and journalist Ron Stodghill has put together a book stemming from an oral history of the area started by Dr. Ron Carter from Johnson C. Smith University. It’s an attempt to help future generations understand the factors shaping their lives from a different lens.  Mike Collins takes a look through that lens on Charlotte Talks.  

Award winning author and journalist Ron Stodghill has put together another look (a follow up to 2014’s Let there Be Light) at Charlotte’s West Side, this time profiling ten change-agents who have had a positive impact on the West Side, and Charlotte in general.

Credit Smith Institute for Applied Research, JCSU

Ten Men: Exploring the Passion and Progress of Black Men on Charlotte’s Historic West Side is an oral history, part of an effort begun by Dr. Ron Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, to provide written record of the present “so that future generations can understand the factors shaping their lives from a different lens than the traditional narrative.”

Mike Collins is joined by Ron Stodghill and some of the men he celebrates in the book for a discussion about positive change on the West Side.

Guests:

Ron Stodghill, editor of Ten Men: Exploring the Passion and Progress of Black Men on Charlotte’s Historic West Side. He’s also an award winning author and journalist.

Colin Pinkney, founded the “We Are World Class” book club for male high school students, and executive director of the Harvest Center of Charlotte. 

Darrel Williams, Charlotte architect , former county commissioner and 2017 winner of the Charlotte Post Foundation’s “Luminary- Lifetime Achievement” Award. He’s founding partner of Neighboring Concepts.

Event: 

September 19 Book Launch, 5:30 p.m. at JCSU, in the New Science Center Auditorium. Info here.

You can also listen back to our 2014 interview about Let There Be Light.