The co-chairs of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and Mr. Charles Dee O'Dell, will serve as speakers and guests of honor at the 2017 edition of the Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Lecture. This year's lecture, scheduled for September 20 (5:30-7:30pm), is titled A Roadmap of Opportunity for Charlotte and will take place in McKnight auditorium, Cone University Center. Special recognition and reception will immediately follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to 704-687-5161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.The Africana Studies Department inaugurated The Annual Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey Distinguished Africana Lecture in 2008 to honor Dr. Bertha Maxwell-Roddey's pioneering contributions to the development of Africana Studies as an academic discipline at UNC Charlotte. The lecture is an annual intellectual and social forum to engage with and connect to the Charlotte region’s diverse populations on issues of broad relevance.