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Black History Month 2017 at UNC Asheville

MacKenzie-Micah-portraitFrom the UNC Asheville website: 
UNC Asheville will present a variety of special programs in February for Black History Month, including a gospel music performance and lecture, an exhibition by Asheville-based photographer Micah MacKenzie, a discussion on the theme, A Reintroduction: Black Lives Still Matter, and more. The following Black History Month events are free and open to the public:

Feb. 1-26An Expose of Fashion, photography exhibition by Micah MacKenzie – This exhibit opens Black History Month with fashion photos featuring models from Asheville, seeking to capture the lingering legacy of the persons of color who have contributed to the architecture, rhythm and tone of the city. Viewing hours weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with a reception from 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union Intercultural Center.

Feb. 7Take it Like a Man: The Language of Male Mental Health – This lunch-and-learn discussion will be facilitated by UNC Asheville Director of Student Health and Counseling Jay Cutspec and Catie Beaulieu, counselor. Noon-1 p.m. in UNC Asheville’s Highsmith Union Intercultural Center.

Feb. 13A Reintroduction: Black Lives Still Matter – This discussion will be facilitated by UNC Asheville Director of the Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs Dahlia Hylton, and by Multicultural Student Programs Staff Intern Briana Joseph. 3:30 p.m. in Highsmith Union Mountain Suites, room 221.

Feb. 15From Allyship to Advocacy: Repurposing Your Privilege – This discussion will be facilitated by UNC Asheville Assistant Professor of Sociology Megan Underhill. 5-6:15 p.m. in Highsmith Union Mountain Suites, room 221.

Feb. 20The Gospel According to the Choir – This performance and discussion of the history and evolution of gospel music in the African-American community will feature Mars Hill University Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs Alaysia Black-Hackett and the Mars Hill Gospel Choir. 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20 in UNC Asheville’s Humanities Lecture Hall.

For more information, contact Dahlia Hylton, director of UNC Asheville’s Intercultural Center and Multicultural Student Programs, at or 828.251.6577.

Take Care of Your Treasures


Do you want free advice about caring for a treasured heirloom, such as a quilt, a china bowl or a family photo? If so, bring your item to Conservation Assistance Day at the Western Office of Archives and History on 176 Riceville Road in Asheville. Conservators from the N.C. Museum of History and an archivist from the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources Western Regional Archives will give you expert advice on Friday, July 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. You are invited to bring up to three objects for assessment. An appointment is required, so please call Lorraine at 828-296-7230, ext. 221, to reserve your time slot.

Conservation Assistance Day is organized by the N.C. Museum of History and the Western Office of Archives and History. For information about the N.C. Museum of History, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, in Raleigh, call 919-807-7900 or access or follow on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or YouTube.

Stephens Lee Alumni Reunion This Weekend

Stephens Lee is hosting their Alumni Reunion this weekend!

This reunion is open to all alumni as well as friends in the community who gather to remember those who have passed on, embrace those who have returned, and celebrate the glorious history of Stephens Lee High school and all that it represents.

All proceeds from the reunion benefit the Stephens-Lee Alumni Scholarship, available to descendants of Stephens-Lee Alumni with a 2.5 GPA or higher for use towards a two or four year degree.

  • Friday 7/4  
    Registration 9-3 Stephens Lee
    Memorial Service Nazareth 7/4 7pm
    Class Night 8:30 Stephens Lee – $12
  • Saturday, July 5
    Registration 9-11
    Banquet & Dance 6:30 $25 (dress to impress!)
    dance only 8:30 $15
  • Sunday , July 6
    Picnic 2-5 $9 at Stephens Lee Gym

A Raisin in the Sun – Hendersonville Little Theater

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The Hendersonville Little Theater at 229 S. Washington St. opens its production of Lorraine Hansberry’s acclaimed drama “A Raisin in the Sun” at 7:30 Thursday night June 19th.

The Hendersonville Little Theatre production directed by Kai Elijah Hamilton features veteran local actors Howard Burgin, Jonathan Forrester, Brandon Gash and Ronnie Pepper with newcomers Dakota McMinn, Kimbela McMinn, Nickie Sampson, Pam Suber, Africa Thompson and Josh Williams.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 29. Ticket prices are $20 for adults, $15 for students ages 18-25 and $10 for students under the age of 18. Reservations can be made by calling the theater box office at 692-1082 or click here.

YWCA Seeking a new Volunteer Coordinator


Please click to read more about the Volunteer Coordinator position, and download an application.

The Volunteer Coordinator reports to and works closely with the Director of Advancement to connect community groups and individuals to meaningful volunteer opportunities at the YWCA and to strengthen relationships and opportunities to increase understanding across differences of race, class, religion, sexual orientation and political affiliation.  They will manage the Stand Against Racism campaign and work collaboratively with other organizations on anti-racism events. The position is full-time, year-round, benefits eligible, and exempt.

Goombay Vendor Search Announcement

Goombay-2014Goombay is happening this year! The YMI Cultural Center, Inc. is hosting this event on September 12th-14th on the Roger McGuire Green. We are really excited for this year’s event. We will have more room to dance and have fun and more space for great vendors with tasty ethnic food, arts and crafts, handbags, clothes and more. We are seeking vendor for this year’s event. We have created a payment plan to make it easier on the wallet.

We encourage businesses, organizations and non profits to apply. Simply send your request to to request an application. We want this event to be jam packed with goodness so get your application to get the ball rolling. We also have a few at the YMI for you to pick up. The deadline for applications is Friday July 4th.

State of Black Asheville 2014 Community Presentation

State of Black AshevilleUNC Asheville students from the State of Black Asheville course will present their research on the status of Black Asheville in several public policy areas such as : education, health care, housing & economic development, criminal justice, and culture.

Event is FREE & OPEN to the public 
Lunch will be provided

For any questions please email :