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Community Relations History

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee (CRC)  was formed in 1961 when then-Mayor Stanford R. Brookshire appointed a group of citizens to address race relations in Charlotte. The committee first intervened in a major public controversy when a group of African-American citizens protested discrimination in public facilities.

The CRC has been an integral part of the human relations support system for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County for more than 50 years. The human relations issues that Charlotte faces today are broader and require more depth of understanding to resolve. For example, we encouraged and facilitated community dialogue surrounding the removal of the confederate flag at historic Elmwood Cemetery​.

CRC publications that once narrowly focused on black and white racial tensions and are now available in a number of languages and address a myriad a intergroup ethnic, cultural, religious and racial issues.