At this point, there are tickets available for sale to attend VIRTUALLY - we have reached room capacity.
REV. GLENCIE RHEDRICK
Sydnor Thompson, Jr. Community Leader Award
Reverend Glencie Rhedrick, an ordained Baptist minister, currently serves as an associate minister at First Baptist Church-West, where she leads the Bereavement Ministry and facilitates an engaging weekly adult Bible study class. Reverend Rhedrick is a theoactivist womanist, addressing the issues of unjust experiences and biases which intentionally impact women and the communities of African ascent.
A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University, Reverend Rhedrick received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with honors. She also received a Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management and Development with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from the National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois, and addition she has a Master of Divinity Degree with an emphasis in Pastoral Care from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently a Ph.D. student at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Department of Women’s Spirituality in San Francisco, California.
She is the convenor and founder of ‘SpeakingintheKeyofWE.’ The Theme: “No Longer Silenced: No Longer Invisible” which began with the conversation concerning Black Male Privilege and Patriarchy in the Black Church. It is a Womanist platform raising the awareness of the biases women of African Ascent encounter in the Church and other segments of society. The show airs on Facebook live, 12Noon on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.
A local and national community activist and organizer, Rev. Rhedrick is the former president of Mecklenburg Ministries (now known as MeckMIN). She is also an active member of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. Currently, she holds the following positions: Vice President for Mayfield Memorial CDC, Chair of the Social Justice Auxiliary for the United Missionary Baptist Association, Co-Chair for Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice; Vice President and Social Justice Chair for The Charlotte Minister’s Conference, Member of the Board of Directors for the National Jobs for All Coalition, Co-Chair for the John Lewis Voter Motorcade Caravan in Georgia and North Carolina for the Transformative Justice Coalition, Board Member and Secretary for The Reimagining America Project, Chair for Community Outreach Programs for Queen City Ivy & Pearls Foundation, Trainer and Hub Organizer for Arm in Arm, Vice President and Board Member of UMBA Bright Stars, Chair of Connection and Social Justice for Rho Psi Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Chaplain for Queen City Ivy & Pearls Foundation of Rho Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and a Board of Director member for The Red Letter Christians.
Rhedrick continues to answer the questions of how we take care of the community. As she works tirelessly to end involuntary homelessness and low wealth which often contributes to the ills that create the conditions we experience.
She’s also the mother of an entrepreneur, Justin Rhedrick, and grandmother to two bright and brilliant grandchildren, Marleigh, and Nasir.
One of her favorite scriptures is Romans 12:1-2 using The Passion Translation:
1Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? To surrender yourselves to God to be God’s sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights the Holy’s heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.
2Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in the Divine’s eyes.
Bridge Builder Award
Becky Schisler is being honored as the 2023 Bridge Builder for her work as the founder and Executive Director of The Coalition for Cultural Compassion (The CCC), a grassroots nonprofit
dedicated to driving change within Charlotte communities.
Driven by the belief that compassion
must involve action, Becky and The CCC board of directors and program volunteers work daily to carry out their two-pronged mission:
1. Bring diverse groups together through educational
and social events to promote empathy and dismantle harmful stereotypes, and
2. Combat systems of oppression through the redistribution of resources and by promoting awareness and
understanding of systemically-rooted inequities.
Since 2018, the organization has grown to include a Multicultural Series for Kids, a Book Club featuring authors of color, Small-group Discussion Meet-ups, an annual Black Santa event, and the ever-growing Compassion Closet
program that provides clothing and other essential items to anyone in need within the Charlotte region.
Becky is committed to continued learning and self-improvement so she may lead this organization mindfully, centering the voices and needs of marginalized community
Become a Sponsor of MeckMIN's 2023
Community Leader Awards Breakfast
A Big THANK YOU To Our 2023 Sponsors
Brenneman Thompson Properties
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Tom & Stephanie Fielder
Tom & LeDayne Polaski
Manley & Jennifer Roberts
Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'ís of Charlotte
Gurdwara Sahib Khalsa Darbar
FOOD DRIVE IN SUPPORT OF OUR
We don’t usually have a food drive in connection with our Awards Breakfast, but the current need in our community is dire and so we’re partnering with Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays and asking you to consider bringing non-perishable foods with you to donate at the event.
Last year, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays provided groceries to over 106,000 neighbors in Mecklenburg Co., a 38% increase. Half were children and seniors.
On the heels that 2022 explosion in food insecurity, January and February 2023 saw their highest totals in their 48 year history. And now they are bracing for an even greater rise in need. As of March 1, families and individuals who are recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) saw a decrease of at least $95 a month. We know that these cuts, coming in the midst of already-unprecedented need, are creating a crisis that will demand the generous support of our entire community.
As you come to enjoy a delicious breakfast in good company, please consider bringing some of these most-needed items:
Past Community Leader and Bridge Award Winners
Greg & Helms Jarrell
Levine Museum of the New South
Imam Khalil Akbar
Chris Wolf/A Way Home
Race Matters for Juvenile Justice
Mary Nell McPherson
Pamela L Davies
Rabbi Judy Schindler
Ruth & Dick Gault
Marsha Kelly & Nikola Taylor / Migrant Assistance Project
Susan Suarez Webster
Rev. Deborah C. Warren
Temako "Meko" McCarthy