Members of Asheville’s Reparations Commission. Photo: Renato Rotolo/The Urban News

Members of Asheville’s Reparations Commission. Photo: Renato Rotolo/The Urban News

Reparations Commission Moves Forward

The recently established Reparations Commission met on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Buncombe County government conference room at 200 College Street.

Members of Asheville’s Reparations Commission. Photo: Renato Rotolo/The Urban News
Members of Asheville’s Reparations Commission. Photo: Renato Rotolo/The Urban News

Asheville Mayer Esther Manheimer and Brenda Mills, Director of the city’s office of Equity & Inclusion, welcomed participants and introduced facilitator Debra C. Jones, President of TEQuity, an African American-owned management consulting firm.

The office of Equity & Inclusion, which is overseeing the work of the Commission, is charged with understanding, analyzing, and eliminating the root causes of racial disparities through the advancement of equitable policies, practices, and procedures. Its goal is advancing equity in Asheville, with racial and social equity as top priorities.

The Reparations Commission includes 25 representatives of Asheville’s historic Black neighborhoods and communities, as well as experts and specialists in such fields as education, healthcare, housing, and other areas with a history of disparate opportunities and outcomes for minority citizens.

Recently retired UNC Asheville Professor Dr. Dwight Mullen was selected to chair the Reparations Commission, with DeWana Little, Executive Director of the YMI Cultural Center, was named vice chair. The meeting, telecast via Zoom, was open to the public.

The next meeting of the Reparations Commission will take place on Monday, May 23, 2022 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the County Conference Room, 200 College Street.

For more information on the commission, visit www.ashevillenc.gov/department/city-clerk/boards-and-commissions/reparations-commission.

 

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