The Community Relations Council

The City of Hickory Community Relations Council (CRC) is an advisory board to City Council and consists of 16 members of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds.  Although many changes have taken place in the community since the group was established in 1963, promoting diversity and tolerance of others is still their primary focus. The mission of the Community Relations Council is to promote positive relationships within the community through dialogue, education, programs, and resources.

The Council strives to facilitate dialogue and encourage fellowship among diverse groups within the community.  They provide educational opportunities, such as presentations regarding diversity to schools and neighborhoods, as well as offering diversity training programs.  Additionally, they partner with non-profit groups that provide varying cultural experiences for the community.

They also help to promote human relations within the community by offering grants to individuals or groups who are creating programs for the community that support the goals of the CRC.  Some past recipients are the Women’s Resource Center, Lenoir Rhyne University Office of Multicultural Affairs, Hickory Public Schools, Safe Harbor Rescue Mission, and the Hickory Community Theatre, among many others.  Each of these recipients created a program that helped promote positive human relations in the community.

The CRC also holds several community events throughout the year.  They have become known for their annual “Movie Night,” which offers family friendly movies at the Carolina Theater while collecting canned goods for various non-profit groups within the community.  They also annually recognize community members who make positive impacts on the community with their “Human Relations Awards.”

Those who are interested in serving on the CRC, please complete a Boards and Commissions Membership application, which can be found at or by calling (828) 323-7400.  All appointments are made by the Hickory City Council.

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