The overwhelming response was clear- the community wanted to get their hands on hardcopies of the anthologies. Let There Be Light is now available for sale in the JCSU bookstore at 100 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28210. As before, they are also available for iPad, Kindle, and Nook devices.
Now available in the Johnson C. Smith University bookstore as a paperback, Let There be Light: Exploring How Charlotte’s Historic West End Is Shaping a New South, features essays written by some of Charlotte’s most prominent scholars, journalists, and civic leaders including: JCSU President Dr. Ronald Carter, Tom Hanchett, historian of the Levine Museum of the New South, Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good, and Mary Newsom, journalist and associate director for UNC Charlotte’s Urban and Regional Affairs.
The 167-page anthology illuminates a range of controversial issues surrounding Charlotte’s historic west end, home of the nearly 150-year-old Johnson C. Smith University.
Let There Be Light, developed under the auspices of Smith Institute for Applied Research, articulates JCSU President Ronald L. Carter’s unfolding vision to revitalize one of Charlotte’s long-neglected communities. “. . . I see this volume as merely the initial effort in a multi-volume series,” writes Dr. Ronald Carter in the book’s foreword. “I also see this and future books a recording of the present so that future generations can understand the social, political, and economic factors that shaped their community and their lives.”
Its title inspired by the university’s Latin motto, Sit Lux, Let There Be Light kicks-off a series of round table discussions on several of the book’s topics, including: neighborhood gentrification, nutritional disparities, education, and public health.