"Let me begin by saying thanks to all you who have believed in me since I was a child".
For over 10 years, Charlene Henderson and her organization has been a staple in the Charlotte community. She has dedicated her life to service with an special emphasis on Charlotte's youth. Throughout her career she has partnered with various city officials and organizations to establish programs and support for those who need it the most.
Ultimately, her mission is to prevent premature deaths and incarcerations among young people in Charlotte and beyond.
Charlene Henderson has spent many years in media as a Publisher and Media Personality. Early in her career, she landed a job in radio and became an on air personality on WGIV 103.3 FM, the Soul of Charlotte, and provided real solutions to real problems. Her expressive ad-lib delivery eventually evolved her to the talk show arena and after making a difference in a community of indifference, she launched her own online media company N Demand Media.
She is best known for her talk show N Demand On Air. Dubbed the "Queen of Morality Media" -she has become one of the most influential women in the Queen City. Moving forward, Henderson plans to expand and leverage her platform to help as many young people as possible.
I am running for the District 4 seat on the Charlotte City Council for three reasons:
1. Community Development (Jobs)
2. Community Involvement (Justification)
3. Community Policing (Justice)
It is time to have a district 4 representative who is committed to being a voice of the people, and I appreciate each and every one of you who have offered to support my candidacy. But in my heart I know you do not support me just
because you know me, you support me because you believe in what District 4 can be. In the face of violence, you believe there can be peace. In the face of gentrification, you believe there can be preservation. In the face of a
politics that is about tearing down communities or raising property taxes on senior citizens who have lived in their homes for decades, we must stand up and fight for our inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
That is what my campaign is about. But let me tell you why I am a candidate for the District 4 seat on the council. As most of you know, I am a native of this great city. I have been in Charlotte for all of my 50 years of living. For
25 of those 50 years, I have been a proud business owner, community activist, and volunteer mentor. But I am most proud of being a member of the New Covenant Bibleway Church, where I have been able to make a difference socially and spiritually.
My activism took me to some of Charlotte’s poorest neighborhoods. I joined with pastors and police officers to deal with communities that had been devastated with crime due to the lack of jobs. I saw that the violence in Hidden Valley was deeply rooted in poverty. The human trafficking on West Sugar Creek is the byproduct of the same poverty that the lack of textbooks and computers in schools could be traced to; the same poverty that unemployment in Derita and Tanglewood could be linked to.
It was in these neighborhoods that I received the best education I ever had, and where I learned the true meaning of being a follower of Christ.
After twenty-two years of this work, I joined the Black Political Caucus, because I wanted to understand how voting should work for those in need. I became an executive committee member, and learned the power of voting, and after a time, I came to understand that our cherished rights of liberty and equality depend on the active participation of a stimulated electorate.
That is why I'm in this race. Not just to hold an office, but to stand with you to reclaim our communities. I want to represent District 4 -- for jobs and justice. I want to represent District 4 -- for safer streets, and better jobs, and
preservation of our homes. I want us to fight for a new Charlotte and new vision.
Please join me in this achievable mission. Please realize that gentrification is a figurative form of genocide. Please see as I see – a future of infinite possibility stretching before us. Please acknowledge that the time is now to make city officials justify more than homicides. I'm ready to lead the charge, and march with you, and work with you. Together, starting today, let us start the work that needs to be done, and usher in a new vision in Charlotte.