The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (CRC) is composed of a Leadership committee, and seven subcommittees: Communications, Crisis Response, Education/Young Leaders, Intercultural Relations, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Police Community Relations, and Programs/Speakers.
The Leadership committee is composed of the chair and vice-chair (appointed by the Mayor the City of Charlotte and the Chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners) and the seven subcommittee chairs.
The Programs subcommittee is responsible for planning CRC meetings, developing agenda topics and identifying meeting topics, meeting locations, and speakers.
The Education subcommittee's mission is to create a community-wide expectation -- beginning with kindergartners -- that all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) students will graduate high school with appropriate reading and writing skills. Members of the subcommittee develop community relations with area school students, administrators, elected officials, and special interest groups to assist to ensure Charlotte area students have access to the skills necessary to become productive citizens of Charlotte.
The Intercultural Relations subcommittee supports the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community as a resource for intercultural communication, information, tools and strategies that foster a more inclusive environment. Members of the subcommittee are developing a diversity resource handbook, a diversity training tool for cultural awareness and a community "welcome kit" for internationals who relocate to Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
The Police-Community Relations subcommittee's mission is to improve relations between citizens and police officers of Charlotte-Mecklenburg and to enhance community trust in the process for receiving, investigating and adjudicating complaints of police misconduct. This subcommittee has been responsible for hosting the Police Community Relations Awards ceremony and reception for more than 30 years. It also conducts police hearings and works with the police and community to monitor programs that improve these relationships.
The Communications subcommittee assists CRC staff to facilitate strategic internal and external communications. The subcommittee develops ideas to maintain a newsletter and other social media outlets to provide public service announcements and community awareness of CRC events.
The Crisis Response subcommittee was initiated to ensure the CRC has a response to ongoing and sudden community crisis and concerns. The subcommittee develops programs and responses for several areas under Law, Justice, and Community Resource Outreach. Some of these programs include Know Your Rights, Expungements, Office of Returning Citizens, Intervention, and more.
Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. subcommittee coordinates all events relating to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration and celebration in January. Charlotte has one of the country’s largest celebrations with events that have included a parade, arts and writing contests, prayer service, awards banquet, and more.