Reparations Speaker Series: Present Trends & Disparities

The City of Asheville hosted the second of a speaker series Thursday, June 10, 2021 as part of the city’s process to deliver reparations for Black Asheville.

Moderator: Dr. Darin Waters – Executive Director of the UNC Asheville Office of Community Engagement, an Associate Professor of History, and as the Co-Host of the Waters and Harvey Radio Show and Podcast.

Panelists:

Rinku Sen, Executive Director of the Narrative Initiative.

Dr. Dwight Mullen, Professor Emeriti, UNCA.

Jorge Redmond, Assistant District Attorney, Buncombe County.

Dr. Marcus Harvey, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, UNCA.

Program Agenda

5:00 p.m. Doors Open – Music by DJ Damian Davis

5:30 p.m. Pre-Event Resiliency Discussion with MC Ellis and Michael Hayes

6:00 p.m. Welcome – Mayor Esther Manheimer

  • Opening and Introduction of Panelists – Dr. Darin Waters
  • Panelist Remarks – Rinku Sen
  • Audience Questions and Panel Discussion
  • Panelist Remarks – Dr. Dwight Mullen, Dr. Marcus Harvey, Jorge Redmond
  • Audience Questions and Panel Discussion
  • Audience Truth Telling and Information Sharing Segment

8:05 p.m. Post Event Resiliency Discussion

During phase 2 of the project, the Reparations Commission will be empowered to make short, medium and long term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism.

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