Stand Against racism events

Coordinated by the local YWCA, this year’s Stand Against Racism events involve 100 different organizations from across the community. Below is a calendar of major events. Look for the full story in the April 27 issue of Xpress. Additional groups that wish to become involved in the events can still register until April 22.
For more information, call the YWCA at 254-7206, ext. 203, or visit the nonprofit’s website,

Thursday, April 21
7 p.m.
“What's Lost in the Blur? Post-Racial Ideals and Blurred Ethno-Racial Boundaries,” a lecture by Ronald Sundstrom, associate professor of philosophy at the University of San Francisco
Laurel Forum, Karpen Hall, UNC Asheville

Saturday, April 23
5 p.m.
“The history of Slavery in WNC,” by historian Darin Waters (tickets $20), YMI Historical Series
YMI Cultural Center, 39 Market St.

Monday, April 25
7 p.m.
“Standing Against Racism in the Midst of a Changing Neighborhood,” a conversation about community identity between folks who live, work, play and worship along South French Broad

7:30 p.m.
A Class Divided, a video, followed by a discussion
UU Church Black Mountain

Tuesday, April 26
5:30 p.m., a panel discussion on race, with the Rev. Michael Carter, moderator; Marcy Onieal; town manager, Black Mountain; Kathryn DeBrow, community leader;  Monroe Gilmour, community organizer; Rev. Kay Hines, pastor, Thomas Chapel AME Zion Church
Black Mountain Town Hall

Thursday, April 28
5:30 p.m., a panel discussion on race (same panelists as Tuesday’s event)
Black Mountain Town Hall

7:00 p.m.
Traces of the Trade, a film; screemomg co-sponsored by the Mountain Area Interfaith Forum (MAIF), the Ethical Society of Asheville (ESA) and the YMI. A discussion will follow the film.
YMI Cultural Center

Friday, April 29
10 a.m., city of Asheville Walking Tour; city employees will lead a tour of historic places related to race in Asheville
City Hall

Diversity Fair & Discussions at the YMI
10 a.m.-all day. There will be representatives and information from local organizations working on racial justice. There will also be discussions about racism.
YMI Cultural Center

11:30 a.m.
Artist Rally at the Phil Mechanic Building

Noon, Issac Dickson 3rd- through 5th-grade students will march from their school at noon to an event in Pack Park.
Issac Dickson in Pack Park

Noon, Rally at Kenilworth Presbyterian

Noon, Children's Singing at the JCC, Maccabi Academy will host the community to share with the children.
Jewish Community Center

2 p.m.
Aston Park Rally, participants share feelings about the Civil War marker that is being changed; bring photos.
Aston Park

4 p.m.
Rally at Jubilee
Jubilee, downtown Asheville

5 p.m.
Celebration of Community at the YWCA, Family-friendly celebration of diversity. Music, Latin dance and group art. Performances by children from the YWCA, Shiloh Center and the Reid Center. DJ Twan. Hop Ice Cream and Hardcastle Hot Dogs will be for sale at the event.
YWCA of Asheville (South French Broad Avenue)

7 p.m.
American Violet; a Consciousness Cinema film
Maitri Center for Women, 41 Clayton St.

Stand Against Racism Community Concert, featuring the Bethel Seventh-Day Adventist Chorale and other community groups.
Bethel Seventh-Day Adventist Church (ADDRESS????)

8 p.m.
Drinks & Dialogue, a conversation hosted by Social Life Times. Attendees are encouraged to bring a potluck dish.
Hole-n-Da-Wall, 44 Market St.

Saturday, April 30
9 a.m.
Service at Beth Israel synagogue

Sunday, May 1
9 a.m., special services will be held at several locations:
Black Mountain Presbyterian
Could Cottage Community of Mindful Living
Swannanoa Valley Friends
Unitarian Universalist Church of Black Mountain
Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville
Thomas Chapel AME Church in Black Mountain


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