The Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville hosted the day-long conference “Everybody’s Environment” on Friday, Oct. 10. The event invited staff from local environmental and conversation groups, community organizers and the public to discuss strategies for creating a more inclusive environmental movement, with more diverse staff at environmental organizations and stronger ties to the communities they serve.
In Buncombe County, thousands of slaves toiled as cooks, farmers, tour guides, maids, blacksmiths, tailors, miners, farmers, road builders and more, local records show. And after mostly ignoring that troubled history for a century and a half, the county is now taking groundbreaking steps to honor the contributions of those former residents by making its slave records readily available online.
Blood Done Sign My Name, a production based on the critically acclaimed memoir by Tim Tyson, explores the complex subject of racial division and violence in America during the 1970s and will be staged at Diana Wortham Theatre on Thursday, Oct. 21, at 8 p.m. There will also be a pre-show address by Tyson (at DWT) and a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn with local attorney James Ferguson and Tyson (at UNCA).
Emancipation exhibit on display at Pack Memorial Library through October