At a time when the nation is reeling from racially fueled violence and grieving the losses of young African-American men and five Dallas police officers, a small haven of racial love, respect and understanding in downtown Asheville is gearing up to celebrate its success with a 150th birthday party (see box, “If You Go”). […]
In 1960, a group of student activists at Asheville’s all-black Stephens-Lee High School courageously challenged the racial status quo, bringing the civil rights movement closer to home. Through public demonstrations, boycotts and engagements with city officials, the members of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality helped break down Jim Crow-era barriers. For the past […]
Stephanie Swepson-Twitty, president and CEO of Eagle Market Street Development Corporation, was a 30-year veteran of “banking, finance and retail” when she switched gears and went to work for the nonprofit she now directs as an AmeriCorps intern. “I served them two years as an intern,” she said. “And then one thing led to another, […]
One thing is for certain: If you want to hold an awards ceremony with some class, hold it at the Homewood Center in Montford. Over 50 people gathered in the elegant castle-like edifice on Sept. 11 for the Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Recognition Reception; the MED board handed out several awards for excellence in minority business […]
Minority Enterprise Development Week, in its 31st year in Asheville, kicked off its third day of events Sept. 10 with what could be called “lender speed dating.” MED Week organizers dub the event “Meet Your Lender,” and it took place on the third floor of the Self-Help Credit Union on Wall Street in downtown Asheville. […]
Members of the WNC Diversity Engagement Coalition’s are discussing ways to create and foster a more diverse community and workforce. It started with an April 25, 2013, conference titled “Realizing the Benefits of a Diverse and Inclusive Workforce.” (photo by Cindy Kunst)
Last semester, minority students accounted for 11.9 percent of UNC Asheville’s total enrollment, according to statistics compiled by the school’s Office of Institutional Research. And though the numbers have fluctuated, recruiting and retaining minority students has been an ongoing problem for the school in recent years.
Time was, the term “nuclear family” brought to mind mommy, daddy and the proverbial 2.5 kids. Of course, in reality, families come in many different configurations, a fact borne out in a photography exhibition hosted at UNCA. All in the family: Photo from the Love Makes a Family exhibit. From left to right, Michael Elsasser […]