Kimberlee Archie came on board city staff as Asheville’s first equity and inclusion manager last July. In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Xpress asked Archie to share her thoughts on King’s legacy and how it applies to the continuing effort to create equity in Asheville.
Events around Western North Carolina will celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and provide opportunity for reflection on how his dreams remain relevant in today’s society.
Marching in the tradition of the civil rights movement, people of all ages set off on foot and on wheels from St. James AME Church on a bright cold MLK Day morning on Mon., January 18. The Peace March culminated in a rally at Pack Square Park. Several hundred marchers turned out to remember King’s life and legacy, sing, dance and hear remarks from community leaders.
Thirty-one years ago a woman in Asheville had a dream: Get Asheville to honor the work of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Waving banners and singing, about 300 people marched into Pack Square around noon to mark Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The march, followed by speeches and music, was the capstone of several days of events celebrating King’s message of racial equality, peace and social justice. Photos of the event below:
Photo by David Forbes