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Black History Month

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Dan Houston, standing, emceed the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce diversity council's discussion with, from left, Ruby Houston, Ron Potts and Betty Caldwell.

The ‘what’s next’ after Black History Month

March 15. By TL Bernthal.  Even with Black History Month celebrations over, there are things anyone can do as a “what’s next” in race relations. In February, which is Black History Month, the diversity committee of the Lae Norman Chamber of Commerce brought together Ron Potts ,who was born and raised in the Smithville Community,  […]

Student artwork from Cornelius Elementary.

Reflect on and celebrate Black History Month

Feb. 21. By TL Bernthal. Learning about race and culture isn’t confined to Black History Month for Cornelius students. While Black History Month is celebrated with programs and activities, local educators want all students to feel welcome and accepted, and a part of an inclusive school culture. Black students, who comprise about 10 percent of […]

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Celebrating Black History Month with County Park and Rec

Feb. 7. There are many ways you can explore this part of American history in Mecklenburg County during Black History Month. Know Your History The program will empower youth to learn more about their past, learn about leaders who are not mentioned in mainstream media, and introduce them to different African Americans who have made […]

A closer look at North Carolina’s thriving HBCUs

Feb. 22. By Joe Killian/NC Policy Watch. As Black History Month commences its final week, North Carolina’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities have endured a series of bomb threats leading to closures, disruptions and fear of hate-based terrorism that the FBI reports is at a 12-year high across America. Nonetheless, the UNC System’s HBCUs continue to thrive, […]


Multi-media artist’s work on display in Town Hall throughout February

Feb. 9. Multi-media artist Gil Horne Jr.’s work is on display in Town Hall throughout February. His art is a narrative of the Black experience, drawing inspiration from his own confrontations with profiling, stereotypes, and masculinity. Visitors are encouraged to come by and view his work at any time during normal business hours.

Potts Barber Shop / Photo by Jason Benavides

Good things have happened at Potts Barber Shop for more than half a century

HISTORY IN OUR MIDST | By Dave Vieser Nov. 12. Potts Barber Shop has been a friendly community gathering hub since it opened at its current location in 1960. So much that at one time, residents were actually able to pay their electric bills there. Its unofficial status as an important place became official in […]

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Come to Black History Month event at Town Hall Feb. 24

By Ron Potts. The Black History Month program at Town Hall each year looks at the history of families in and around the Smithville community. We’ve heard stories from the following families: Connor, Stinson, Grier, Nelson, Rivens, and Potts. We have also featured authors such as Lucy Withers McLean (No More Chicken Feet), Marshall Lowery (If […]