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Creating Opportunity And Social Mobility In Charlotte

America used to pride itself on providing opportunities for advancement but it has become very clear in recent years that where you grow up and how you grow up may determine the outcome of your adult life. In Charlotte, we know that if you’re poor and grow up in Mecklenburg County, you have among the worst chances in the country of ever moving up the ladder. We talk about what’s being done to change that.

The Opportunity Task Force is holding a Town Hall on Tuesday, December 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church in Druid Hills. Details at OpportunityCharMeck.org

Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown - Co-Chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force. Physician, Senior Vice President of Community Outreach at Novant Health, ordained minister.

Dee O’Dell - Co-Chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force. Senior Vice President at U.S. Bank

Trevor Fuller  - Chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners. Fuller first called for a task force on economic opportunity back in January 2014 during his State of the County address.

Richard Reeves - Senior Fellow of Economic Studies and Policy Director for the Center on Children and Families at Brookings Institution.  

Richard Reeves lego video: Is America Dreaming?: Understanding Social Mobility

Charlotte Observer: Diverse economic opportunity task force to launch Tuesday (from April): http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article19082952.html