Black History Month Luncheon Features Prof. Darin Waters

Darin J. Waters, PhD, is a Professor of History at the UNCA.

In observance of Black History Month, Leadership Asheville Forum will present Dr. Darin Waters as the featured speaker at its Critical Issues Luncheon on Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

The program at the Country Club of Asheville is open to the public; reservations are required no later than Feb. 23 (RSVP: Buffet service begins at 11:45 a.m., the program at 12:15 p.m. The cost is $25 for LAF members, $30 for non-members.

Prof. Waters’s family roots in western North Carolina date back more than 150 years, and he will speak on “Life Beneath the Veneer: Reflections on the Early History of African Americans in Asheville and Western North Carolina.” An assistant professor of history and special assistant to the chancellor at UNC Asheville, Waters teaches courses in American history, North Carolina and Appalachian history, African American history, and Latin-American history. He is also a recognized expert in the history of race relations in the United States and Latin America.

In addition to his academic work, Dr. Waters co-hosts the “Waters and Harvey Show” on Blue Ridge Public Radio. He currently serves as a member of the North Carolina Historic Markers Commission, and on the boards of the National Blue Ridge Heritage Area, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial of Historic Asheville, and the NC Civil War History Center. He received his doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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LAF’s February 28th Critical Issues Luncheon will be held at the Country Club of Asheville, 170 Windsor Road. Food Service begins at 11:45 a.m.; the program begins at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $30; $25 for LAF members. Please RSVP by Friday, February 23 to Nancy Williams at or 250-2353 (email preferred).


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