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Asheville African American Heritage Commission Vote TUESDAY NIGHT!

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014 there will be a presentation encouraging Asheville City Council to approve a joint City-County resolution establishing an Asheville African American Heritage Commission. We’re hoping for a packed gallery – need the community to be present. Please come out and support this worthy cause. The presentation will be done towards the end of the Agenda. See under VI. NEW BUSINESS on the link below. You will also find a link to the Resolution there. It’s difficult to determine what time we’ll get to present. We are asking folks to arrive by 6 – 6:30 at the latest. Spread the word.

Martin Luther King Jr. – Asheville Events

Thanks to Jackie Simms for sharing these events with me. They are also included in our calendar. We’ve got a vibrant community of activists, cultural events, people working hard to make our community a place of uplift and opportunity. Let’s all SHOW UP!

  • The MLK, Jr. Breakfast – This is truly a multicultural event held at the Grove Park Inn, Saturday, January 18th, 8:30 A.M.  This year there are two speakers.  One, an attorney turned filmmaker, Dawn Porter, founder of Trilogy Films and director of Gideon’s Army.  (Gideon’s Army, will be screened at UNCA on Friday night.)  The second speaker is Travis Williams, featured in the film as one of three public defenders who dedicate their lives and careers to seeking justice for those most in need.  An interview with Attorney Williams can be seen on Democracy Now, episode dated January 24, 2013, search under Gideon’s Army.  The Ethical Society of Asheville has requested a reserved table.  Tickets are $30 each    Additional information: www.mlkasheville.org
  • “Fulfilling Dr. King’s Dream Through Education” will be the subject of the Sunday, January 19th meeting of the Ethical Society of Asheville, 2:00-3:30 PM at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in North Asheville (off Merrimon Avenue near UNCA). Two programs will be highlighted in the panel presentation: Read To Succeed, and the MacNolia Cox Spelling Bee sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
    Marjorie Locke will discuss the range of after-school enrichment programs offered by Delta House, highlighting the spelling bee, which is named in honor of the first black child to become a finalist in the national spelling bee in 1936; in an apparent attempt to keep her from winning, the judges assigned her a word that had not been among those studied by all participants. Locke has an extensive background in the financial sector and, since retirement, has been active on the YWCA Board of Directors and as a volunteer, board member, and tutor with Delta House and its programs. 
    Read To Succeed (R2S) will be presented by three speakers: Isaac Coleman, focusing on the origin and founding of the program; Catherine Alter, discussing the current program’s goals, objects, and methods; and Pat Bastian, who will describe her experiences as an R2S tutor.  Coleman has an extensive resume in human services and housing issues as well as many years serving on community boards; he is the founder and chair of R2S. Alter is a retired Dean of Social Work, author of four books, and expert in helping at-risk children, and Bastian is currently an active community volunteer.
  •  Following the Day of Service clean up project of the Burton Street Peace Garden January 20th, volunteers are invited for food and fellowship in honor of Fred Simms, who recently became unexpectedly ill and passed on December 16th.  This Day of Service project is sponsored by Green Opportunities.  Fred was a Green Opportunities Ambassador.  (His memorial service will be held February 15th 1:00 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville building.)
  • At the MLK, Jr. Weekend culminating event, The Candlelight Service,  6 PM Monday, January 20th, the Reynolds-Miller Chorale will provide the music.  The Chorale has been in existence almost 45 years and originally consisted of graduates of Stephens-Lee High School, the segregated African American High School in Asheville.  It has a rich history.

UNCA Asheville to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Week with Community Service, Special Events

UNC Asheville will celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of special events January 17-24. Although classes will not be in session on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, student volunteers will turn their day off into “A Day On,” by contributing a day of service to community organizations on January 20, and the week includes films, workshops and other special activities.

These events will also be included in our calendar.

RiverSong A Capella Chorus – Info Session and Auditions

Do you love to sing?  Do you enjoy spitting beats and flowing in your spare time?  Do you wish to surround yourself around a group of positive women of color?  Do you want to get paid doing what you love?  If this sounds like you and you are 18 or over, attend the info session and sign up for an audition!

RiverSong is a new a capella chorus forming here in Asheville.  Comprising exclusively of women of color from various backgrounds, RiverSong’s mission is to inspire women from racially oppressed and economically disadvantaged communities to affirm their voices through song and performance.  Many of the songs we will perform are considered traditional power songs, spanning the cultures and histories embodied in the group.  As examples of high caliber art and self-affirmation, we can uplift our communities and inspire social justice through:

  • Singing songs of cultural power and healing
  • Exhibiting high-level professionalism and dedication to the art
  • Demonstrating commitment and responsibility to the success of the group
  • Being leaders and role models in our communities
  • Getting paid at market level rates for our performances

Info session is Thursday December 12, 2013, 7pm-8pm in Hillcrest 17A.  Auditions will be scheduled at the info session.

Childcare will be provided.

Women who are also bilingual or know American Sign Language are highly encouraged to come.  Sign language interpretation will be provided.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Anastasia Yarbrough

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to call me on my cell (901) 355-6225 or email me at anastasia.yarbrough@gmail.com.