The MLK Association of Asheville & Buncombe County annual Rosa Parks Award recipients

Press release from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville:

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Community Outreach Providing Empowerment (COPE) committee is proud to announce the recipients of The Rosa Parks Award. This award honors women in our community who have:
• Fostered a culture of inclusion in the Asheville community.
• Worked to achieve a just society for the disadvantaged.
• Exemplified a nonviolent philosophy in pursuit of a better life for non-majority people.
• Inspired direct action in the cause of social justice.

On Thursday at 5pm, the MLK Association will honor these four women with an award ceremony at the Lenoir-Rhyne University Graduate School site in Asheville located at 36 Montford Ave.

Mrs. Willie Mae Brown is a lifelong member of the Asheville community who is devoted to helping others. She has been a member of the MLK Association, Asheville GreenWorks, and the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Council. Currently she is serving on the board of directors of Community Action Opportunities

Ms. Catherine Mitchell has always worked to address the needs of the community. Currently she is the Chief Operating Officer of the River Front Development Group, a community development corporation which has a mission to engage in activities geared toward improving people’s living conditions through home ownership and affordable housing.

Dr. Dolly Jenkins-Mullen is professor emeritus of UNC-Asheville. Her teaching and research interests included women and politics, politics of social welfare, legislative politics, and state and local government. Her efforts at UNC-A served as a bridge between the campus and the community in areas that reflected her contributions to the discipline of teaching.

Mrs. Annette Coleman is currently serving as Vice Chair of the A-B Technical Community College Foundation and serves on the advisory board of the Self-Help Credit Union. She also coordinates efforts to maintain and restore the historic Alexander Chapel Baptist Church and Cemetery in Leicester.

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