Leading with Race Summit set for July 20

Press release from Buncombe County:

Mark your calendars for Buncombe County’s Racial Equity Action Plan Leading with Race Summit on July 20. Almost four years after the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners declared racism a public health and safety crisis, named equity a foundational value, and adopted a Racial Equity Action Plan, we’re sharing our progress on the goals we’ve accomplished and the County’s next steps.

You’re invited to join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 35 Woodfin St., for a plaque dedication ceremony and community engagement event. A new historic plaque marker will be unveiled, songs from local Black musicians and a culturally informed talk and dance lesson by representatives from Atsila Anotasgi, Museum of the Cherokee People.

The plaque is a land and labor acknowledgement that will pay homage to the Indigenous people of this land and highlight the harm done to them, enslaved Africans, and Black residents to represent our efforts to bring recognition and change. Buncombe County will also share information about the Racial Equity Action Plan, goals accomplished, and our next steps. This event is free, open to the public, and for all ages. There will be activities for young people, with food trucks and vendors on site. Registration is encouraged but not required. Please RSVP at the link below.

What: Buncombe County Presents Leading with Race Summit & Plaque Dedication

When: Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Where: 35 Woodfin St. | Asheville

Let us know you’re coming: click here.

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