March on: Asheville celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

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Cover Design Credit:

Alane Mason

Cover Photography Credit:

Virginia Daffron
Xpress interviews Oralene Anderson Graves Simmons, founder of Asheville’s long-running Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast. Meanwhile, local leaders reflect on King’s influence and legacy.






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