Category: Black Asheville

Race Relations in Wolfe’s Asheville

Thomas Wolfe’s depictions of small-town Southern life offer a lively and revealing sense of the bigoted attitudes prevalent in the early 1900s; his short story Read more »

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The Andersons, in Black and White: Oralene Simmons’s Story of a Slave Heritage

Staff Reports The history of Western North Carolina’s slave economy became a stark reality for Oralene Graves Simmons when she enrolled at Mars Hill College Read more »

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Slave Deeds from Buncombe County Now Viewable On Line

Since 2010, a wide variety of 150-year commemorations of the Civil War have been observed. Each means something different depending on the family of origin Read more »

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Embracing the Realities of Western North Carolina History

by Johnnie Grant For African Americans whose family heritage originated in the woodlands and mountainous western part of this state, many truths have come to Read more »

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What’s Next for the YMI?

Asheville native Alfred Whitesides, a retired banker, addresses the YMI Board and approximately 130 concerned community members about the importance of preserving the legacy and Read more »

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Serving the Community with Honor, Integrity, Equality, and Fairness

Asheville’s new Police Chief, William J. Anderson. Photo: Renato Rotolo Staff reports The Urban News met with William J. Anderson recently so that we could Read more »

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Building Bridges of Racial Understanding

By Roberta Madden On a warm Monday evening in January, several dozen citizens sat down together to build bridges — bridges of racial understanding. They Read more »

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Does the YMI Cultural Center Face a Questionable Future?

The official incorporation of the Young Men’s Institute took place on May 8, 1906, making it among the earliest, if not the oldest, black cultural Read more »

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The State of Black Asheville

Dr. Dollie Mullen and Dr. Dwight Mullen listen to the audiences’ concerns during the meeting. Photo: Renato Rotolo/Urban News   by Johnnie Grant Members of Read more »

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Special Events Recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of Pack Memorial Library

Members of ASCORE present (l-r): Jesse Ray, Al Whitesides, Willette Burton, Millus Turman, Viola Jones Spells, William Young, Sandra Burton Hughes, Oralene Graves Simmons, Marvin Read more »

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