Category Archives: Events

The Ripple Effect with Mia Birdsong

Buncombe County Health and Human Services and the Buncombe County Family Justice Center invite you to join us for The Ripple Effect with Mia Birdsong. Mia Birdsong is a family visionary and acclaimed community advocate who speaks about the value of community and self-determination. She is best known for her TED Talk: The story we tell about poverty isn’t true, which has now been watched over 1.5 million times. This is a free event that will be held on April 25th at 6 pm at the Diana Wortham Theatre. Please join us to be a voice in the community conversation on how individual actions can create systemic positive change.

Free parking is available at the Family Justice Center, 35 Woodfin St.

Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP follow this link: The Ripple Effect.

MLK Inaugural Black & Red Gala

“Join us for an evening of music by Westsound, delicious food, signature drinks and a fundraising auction to benefit the MLK Association of Asheville and Buncombe County programs. It will be an event you do not want to miss.

For the past thirty six years, we have had the pleasure of hosting our annual MLK Peace Breakfast. This year, we are including our Gala to fund and extend outreach into our community. The funds raised will support our Community Outreach Providing Empowerment (COPE) Initiative, which includes educational programming around African American Heritage, African American Entrepreneurship, African American Education Pioneers, our Stand against Racism Programming, and our Juneteenth Celebration.

Help us in our continued efforts to preserve and advance the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by purchasing a ticket or being a sponsor for our inaugural fundraiser.”

Click here for more information. 

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 :

The Black Thief Stereotype, Shopping While Black, and Consumer Racial Profiling in the 21st Century.

UNC Asheville and the Center for Diversity Education present:

The Black Thief Stereotype, Shopping While Black, and Consumer Racial Profiling in the 21st Century. 

Thursday, March 27,  5:30 p.m., Sherrill Athletic Center, Mountain Suites

Guest Lecturer: Dr. Shaun Gabbidon,   (1967 b, Jamaican descent, born in England, raised in U.S.A)  Criminologist and Academic.

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Dr. Gabbidon has served as a fellow at Harvard University’s W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research, and has taught at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. The author of more than 100 scholarly publications including more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and 11 books, his most recent books include Race and Crime (3rd edition; 2012, SAGE) and the co-authored book, A Theory of African American Offending (2011; Routledge). Professor Gabbidon currently serves as the Founding Editor of the SAGE journal, Race and Justice: An International Journal. The recipient of numerous awards, Dr. Gabbidon was most recently awarded the 2009 W.E.B. Du Bois Award from the Western Society of Criminology and the 2011 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

New Events on our Calendar

Please check out and show up for some of these upcoming events just added to our calendar. You can see more details on the links provided or in our calendar.

Feb 13, 7pm – 9:00pm
Advance Care Planning Workshop
UNC Asheville – Reuter Center 102, The Manheimer Room

Feb 13, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Film Showing: The African Americans – Many Rivers to Cross
Into the Fire (1861-1896)
UNC Asheville – Highsmith University Union 114 Intercultural Center

Feb 14, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Public Lecture: Incarceration Nation (expired link)
UNC Asheville, Humanities Lecture Hall

Feb 14, 11:30am – 12:30pm
Public Lecture: The Contagion of Freedom: Anti- Slavery, Women’s Rights & Economic Justice
UNC Asheville – Lipinsky Auditorium

Feb 15, 1pm – 3pm
Honoring African-American Women from Then… On!
Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex, 121 Shiloh Rd.

Feb 15,  4pm – 6pm
Community Garden Networking and Collaborative Planning Event
Conference Room at United Way Building
South French Broad & Hilliard, Asheville

Feb 18, 6pm – 8pm
Voting Rights Update
Pack Memorial Library

Feb 20, 6:30- 8:30pm
Watch n Learn: “Four Little Girls” Documentary by Spike Lee
Highsmith Student Union 143 – Grotto

Feb 22, 2pm – 4pm
Reaching Back, Moving Forward
Stephens-Lee Recreation Center
30 George Washington Carver Ave, Asheville

March 21, 11:30-12:30
Public Lecture: Black Freedom Struggle (expired link)
UNC Asheville, Humanities Lecture Hall