Marching in the tradition of the civil rights movement, people of all ages set off on foot and on wheels from St. James AME Church on a bright cold MLK Day morning on Mon., January 18. The Peace March culminated in a rally at Pack Square Park. Several hundred marchers turned out to remember King’s life and legacy, sing, dance and hear remarks from community leaders.
A capacity crowd of nearly 1,200 attendees filled the largest ballroom at Asheville’s Crowne Plaza Resort to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Sat., January 16. Dedicated to the memory of Clara Jeter, the theme of the 35th annual event was “A Call to Service.” View the photo slideshow.
Dierdre Gilmer, Hall Fletcher Elementary PTO president, said her organization initially looked for a grant in 2014 from the Asheville City Schools Foundation for racial equity training because they noticed parents weren’t being represented properly at PTO meetings. A new initiative could change that.
The event centered around a discussion of the “History of Civil Rights in WNC and the Current State of Racism Affecting Black Asheville,” and featured speeches by Darin Waters and Dwight Mullen, professors at UNC Asheville. Marvin Chambers, a founding member of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality and a leader in North Carolina’s civil rights movement, served as moderator for the discussion.
“I think people don’t realize how stressful it is to be a teenager,” said Brittany Boseman. A senior at Asheville High School, Boseman was one of the roundtable leaders for Me2We’s “We Matter 2” Summit, held at the YMI Cultural Center for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The summit brought together over 40 Buncombe County students […]
“Don’t let Martin Luther King’s death go in vain,” Joseph Fox told the crowd gathered at Pack Square Plaza Jan. 19. He urged them to work in whatever ways they can to spread justice.
Today, Jan. 19, marks Martin Luther King Day. The civil rights leader delivered a local address nearly 50 years ago in Montreat as part of the Presbyterian Christian Action Conference. The Aug. 21, 1965 speech was titled “The Church on the Frontier of Racial Tension” and you can listen to it here via a video […]
Western North Carolinians will honor the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with events happening throughout the week. Here’s a quick round up of what’s planned.