Because of Covid-19 uncertainty, The Charlotte Post Foundation has decided to hold its Post Best banquet virtually. It will feature both pre-recorded and live elements.
The date remains Saturday, April 17, which was set in late August when the Foundation postponed the original date of October 10 in an abundance of caution related to coronavirus spread.
The Foundation has notified its banquet honorees of the new format and is initiating dialogue with potential sponsors.
Funded largely by banquet proceeds, the work of the Foundation in education-related initiatives continues unabated, said Gerald Johnson, publisher of The Charlotte Post and president of The Charlotte Post Foundation.
“We are working vigorously in three main endeavors,” Johnson said. He listed recognizing the top African American high school seniors in Mecklenburg County, an after-school remedial reading program for third- and fourth graders at Walter G. Byers Middle School and informative seminars through Black Lives Matter Charlotte.
“Our programs are absolutely essential, we feel, to enriching life in the Charlotte area and to the struggle for equity and inclusion for all,” Johnson said.
The Foundation’s Luminary Award winner is Bishop Claude Alexander of The Park. Alexander’s efforts for equal access for all are exemplary, Johnson said.
Educator of the Year honors go to Dr. Curtis Carroll, a recently retired veteran principal in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Colleagues praise his advocacy of rigorous academics from nurturing teachers.
The top two African American high school seniors in academics are already on Foundation scholarships to the institution of higher learning of their choice. They are Raven Nikohl Funderburk of Olympic High and Emory Reed Brinson of South Mecklenburg High.