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Second Annual “African Americans in Western North Carolina” Conference

The second annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Conference will be held October 22-23, 2015 at the YMI Cultural Center and UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Read more »

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History of African Americans in Buncombe County

The People, Places, and Events that Help Define Asheville By Johnnie N. Grant – In pre-Civil War North Carolina, and in Buncombe County, African slaves Read more »

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Message to the Future: You Have a Right to Be Here!

From Johnnie Nelson-Grant Growing up during the Civil Rights movement, I experienced the southern racial etiquette, along with the strange fringe benefits, of Jim Crow Read more »

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Message to the Future: To People of African Descent

From Wallace E. Bohanan Today is Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Our nation celebrates and acknowledges the working people of America by giving them the Read more »

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Message to the Future: Thank You for Your Stewardship Over the Planet

From Maceo Keeling In our zeal to advance technology and move civilization forward, we have overlooked a simple and profound truth: we need Mother Earth Read more »

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Message to the Future: Liberty and Justice for All

From A.D. Reed History is neither perfectly linear nor endlessly cyclical; rather, it spirals, moving inexorably forward despite regressive pressure from reactionary forces. Today, however, Read more »

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Message to the Future: Legislative Policy, Public Education and Environmental Quality

From Nelda Holder As a journalist covering state government in 2015, I am alarmed by current legislative policy changes that stand to profoundly, and negatively, Read more »

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Message to the Future: What’s Really Important?

From Joe Elliott To whoever may be reading this… This was written many years ago, and in those intervening years much has changed in the Read more »

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Historic African American Churches and Affiliates – Asheville, NC

By Johnnie N. Grant – (Not a complete list) Founded in 1832-1865 — Trinity Chapel, now St. Matthias Episcopal Church, stands at the top of Read more »

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Goombay! 2015

Asheville’s historic YMI Cultural Center will host the 35th Goombay Festival September 11-13, 2015 at Pack Square Park in downtown Asheville. The festival will feature Read more »

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