Asheville native Tyrone Greenlee, director of Christians for a United Community, was honored by the WNC branch of the American Civil Liberties Union at a celebration at the YMI Cultural Center on May 19, 2019.
ACLU board member Stephanie Hickling Beckman bestowed the Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award on Greenlee for his decades of anti-racism and social justice work.
In addition to his work with CUC, a nonprofit coalition of churches founded by Greenlee to mobilize people of faith toward dismantling racism, Greenlee is a mentor and mediator at the Francine Delany New School for Children, and serves as a deacon at New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Greenlee is also well known as a singer, both in his church, where he participates in its Music and Youth ministries, and with his own cover band.
He currently serves on the boards of Green Opportunities and Hands and Feet of Asheville, and is a former board member and long-time volunteer and facilitator with Building Bridges.
Previous recipients of the Champion of Civil Liberties Award include Frank Goldsmith, whose legal team freed wrongfully convicted Edward Chapman from death row; Howard Hanger of Jubilee! Community; the late community activist Lotte Myerson; and Bob Smith, longtime director of the Asheville Buncombe Community Relations Council.