Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church has called a town hall meeting Tuesday to “move from conversation to action” after a week of bloodshed across the country.
The meeting, announced Monday afternoon, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the church, 700 W. Sugar Creek Road.
The interfaith group MeckMin is co-sponsoring the meeting, which was organized by the Rev. Peter Wherry. Jason Williams, MeckMin’s executive administrator, said the goals are to develop “concrete local strategies for moving beyond the racism and violence which are gripping our nation” and to eradicate “the structural evils which have caused the recent death and unrest across America.”
Scheduled speakers include Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, community activists and elected officials from Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte.
Prayer vigils, protests and community conversations in Charlotte have been steady since last week’s police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge and St. Paul, followed by a sniper attack on 12 Dallas police officers by a suspect who reportedly said he was angry about those shootings and wanted to kill white officers.
Also scheduled this week:
▪ Community Prayer Vigil: 7 p.m. Tuesday, New Beginnings Church, 7027 Stillwell Road, Matthews, Details: the Rev. Twanna Henderson at 704-405-1422.
▪ “Stop Police Violence” forum: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Little Rock AME Zion Church, 401 N. McDowell St., sponsored by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP.