Press release from American Civil Liberties Union, Western North Carolina Chapter:
On Sunday, May 19 at 3:00 p.m. the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Western North Carolina Chapter, will hold its annual public celebration highlighted by the presentation of the Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award—named for long-time, past President of the WNC Chapter of the North Carolina ACLU affiliate—to Tyrone Greenlee, Director of CUC (Christians for a United Community), a non-profit coalition of churches, which mobilizes people of faith around of social justice issues focusing on dismantling racism and the disparities caused by racism.
Tyrone Greenlee is a native of Asheville, North Carolina, and in addition to his work with CUC also works as a mentor/mediator at the Francine Delany New School for Children in West Asheville. Tyrone currently serves on the boards of Green Opportunities, and Hands and Feet of Asheville. In addition, Tyrone volunteers with the Building Bridges of Asheville. Tyrone is a member of the New Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he is a part of the Music and Youth Ministries, and where he was ordained as a Deacon in 2012. He is also a member of Circle of Mercy Congregation in Asheville.
In past years recipients of ACLU’s Evan Mahaney Champion of Civil Liberties Award have included Bob Smith, long-time head of the Asheville-Buncombe Community Relations Commission, Howard Hanger, founder of the Jubilee! Community, and Frank Goldsmith and his team for freeing wrongfully convicted Edward Chapman from death row.
The celebratory event is free and open to the public and will be held at the historic YMI Center at 39 South Market Street. Refreshments will be served.