New community organization marches through Uptown, vows change


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) — Chanting in the streets returned to Uptown Charlotte Sunday afternoon, but this march was to launch a new initiative to bring change and hope to neighborhoods that need it most in the Queen City.

From the initial shooting scene, to the violence in Uptown Charlotte. The shooting of Keith Lamont Scott is still impacting those who live and work in Charlotte.

“I was really upset about the whole incident. I was also disturbed by the riots. We were doing a peaceful march and all of a sudden it turned into a riot,” said Emily Chavis, a Charlotte resident for 25 years.

Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Trade and Tryon Street, the location where many of initial protests started, a new movement marched forward into the heart of the Queen City.

“This is a day to really talk about the issues that we saw on September 21st here in Charlotte,” said Brett Carter, a Senior Executive with Bank of America and one of the organizers of  “One Charlotte”.

Those who wanted changed and to speak about it with others made their way to Romare Bearden Park in hopes of reducing the divide in Charlotte.

“Just drop all the covering up, stop driving around the neighborhoods that we don’t want to see and actually start to embrace those neighborhoods and see if we can make a change in those neighborhoods,” said Carter.

Organizers asked all of Charlotte to step out of their comfort zone and experience other ways of life. It was something seen in uptown Sunday afternoon, but Charlotte native Emily Chavis said more needs to be done.

“I wish that more young people would take part in this activity and more people other than mostly blacks, a mixture of people,” said Chavis.

One Charlotte isn’t just a one day event, organizers say it’s an organization that is trying to unite everyone and bring change for years to come.

For more information about One Charlotte, you can visit their website by clicking here.

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