The UNC Charlotte Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Will Campbell, will present "Stepping Stones to Freedom: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement," at 7:30 PM, Tuesday, April 22, in Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts.
"Stepping Stones to Freedom" commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act with a multimedia performance that includes music by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis, as well as "Strange Fruit," Charles Mingus's "Fables of Faubus" and the civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome." Guest artists Carl Ratliff, saxophone, and Toni Tupponce, vocals, will join the ensemble for this event.
Tickets are $6 for general admission, $5 for UNC Charlotte faculty/staff and seniors, and $4 for all students and can be obtained by calling 704-687-1849, in person at the Robinson Hall Box Office, or online.
In a joint press conference, the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and UNC Charlotte announced a partnership for an annual reporting on homelessness issues spearheaded by the University’s Urban Institute.
The institute’s Point in Time (PIT) report, which contained results from January, showed a 17 percent decrease in the number of homeless individuals counted from the year before. In January 2013, there were 2,418, and in January 2014, there were 2,104. Ashley Williams, a data and research coordinator for the Urban Institute, Institute for Social Capital, and Eric Caratao, a social research specialist for the Urban Institute, co-authored the PIT report.
"We are especially grateful to Jeff Michael and his team at the Urban Institute who are helping us to collect comprehensive data and organize it in an analytical framework that will help us make informed decisions as we move forward," said Charlotte Councilwoman Patsy Kinsey at the press conference. "This important partnership is critical to the success of implementing our 10-year plan as we focus on achieving specific and measureable results."