MLK Organization Hosts Juneteenth Events

Celebrating the History and Legacy of Juneteenth

The City of Asheville’s annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held June 12-18, 2023, in partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County. 

Black Asheville 411 Lunch and Learn Sessions

Free to the public, but registration is required due to space limitations. Held from 12 noon – 1 p.m. at the following locations.

  • Monday, June 12: Linwood Crump Shiloh Community Center. Speakers: Dr. Oralene Simmons and Jonathan McCoy, “Historical Facts of Juneteenth”
  • Tuesday, June 13: Stephens-Lee Community Center. Topic: “Community Reflections on the Historic Stephens-Lee High School”
  • Wednesday, June 14: Tempie Avery Montford Community Center. Speaker: Mr. Matthew Bacoate, Jr., “Reflections on Life in Black Asheville”
  • Thursday, June 15: Burton Street Community Center. Speakers: Apostle Inez D. Ray, Rev. Alfred Blount, and Rev. Brent LaPrince Edwards, “The Role of the Black Church in Asheville”
  • Friday, June 16: Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Community Center. Speakers: Drew Reisinger, “Slave Records Research,” and Linda Brown, “African-American Cemeteries Research”

Juneteenth Black Film Series: African Americans in Film

All movies are free to the public and will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. The run time varies per movie; however, the longest run time is 2:20 hours. Held at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Ferguson Auditorium (ADA compliant) from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Monday, June 12 – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Tuesday, June 13 – Ali
  • Wednesday, June 14 – The Woman King
  • Thursday, June 15 – Ray
  • Friday, June 16 – Madea’s Family Reunion

Please check mlkasheville.org/events/juneteenth-events for more details.