“The importance of black history and the contributions of many African-Americans in our state and national history cannot be overstated.”
On Oct. 21, the fourth annual African Americans in WNC conference wrapped up with a gala celebration of CoThinkk, a giving circle led by people of color to support work in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
” I appreciated all the more deeply the importance of the African-Americans in Western North Carolina Conference and the need for each of us to try harder to reach out across whatever social boundaries we have had inscribed around us by history and chance, and to build a stronger and more diverse community together.”
The third annual African-Americans in WNC conference brought speakers from Asheville and beyond to UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center to explore how emerging historical research can shed light on present-day African-American culture and identity in the region.
UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center hosted the inaugural African-Americans in Western North Carolina conference on Thursday-Friday, Oct.23-24. The event, designed to discuss an overlooked historical narrative, included speeches by Asheville civil rights leaders and scholars from UNCA and other regional universities.
UNC Asheville and the YMI Cultural Center will host the inaugural African-Americans in Western North Carolina conference Oct.23-24. Organizers say the free event invites the public to hear scholars from universities throughout the region discuss a historical narrative that has been largely overlooked.