Kenilworth’s King Celebration

The first sit-ins began on March 15, 1960 in Atlanta.

Standing Up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution.

Kenilworth Presbyterian Church will hold its Eighth Annual Kenilworth Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 15, 2018 at 123 Kenilworth Rd. in Asheville. A community potluck from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Kenilworth Center (4 Chiles Ave., directly behind the church) will be followed by the program in the church sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.

Civil rights activist Lewis Brandon.

This year’s topic, “Standing up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution,” will be presented by lifelong civil rights activist Lewis Brandon. The Asheville native was the chief strategist in desegregating the lunch counters and movie theaters in Greensboro from 1960 to 1963. He will discuss the Asheville-Greensboro civil rights connection and his legacy of activism that continues to this day.

The evening will be hosted by Marvin Chambers, a founding member of A.S.C.O.R.E. (Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality), who is himself an icon of the Civil Rights Movement in North Carolina. He notes, “Given this country’s current racial climate, Mr. Brandon’s experiences are more relevant than ever before.”

DJ Profe$$ah G. will spin tunes, and onsite child care will be provided. Come out for food, fellowship, and insight into a fascinating chapter in the fight for civil rights in North Carolina.

For more information, contact Katie Adams at or by phone at (828) 273-3747.


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