Community offers love, hope, healing, inspiration, and purpose.

To find out about upcoming happenings relating to social justice and cultural diversity in Asheville, NC, check out this events calendar.

Current collaborative projects:

Darin Waters, Ph.D.
Associate professor of history at UNC Asheville, writer, speaker, co-host of the Waters & Harvey Show, and producer of the African Americans in WNC and Southern Appalachia Conference.

Sheneika Smith of Date My City, Ami Worthen, Julio Tordoya of JMPRO TV, community action, cultural diversity, media, events
Sheneika Smith (Date My City), Ami Worthen, Julio Tordoya (JMRPO TV)

Date My City
Cultural and civic engagement in vogue. Transformative events and consulting. Founded by Asheville City Council member Sheneika Smith.

JMPRO TV produces live programs, reports, cultural notes, and interviews about issues affecting our community (such as racial equity, immigration, education, health, etc.). Topics are reported from the perspective of the people impacted. The cover photo of this page of CPC’s Annual celebration is by JMPRO.

Youth Transformed for Life (YTL)
“As educators, mentors, advocates, and neighbors we create bridges for children and families to overcome the current gaps of disparity.”

Previous projects include: Hood Huggers International, WRES FM 100.7, Asheville411, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, and the YMI Cultural Center (Asheville Goombay Festival).

DeWayne Barton and Ami Worthen. Community action.
DeWayne Barton, founder of Hood Huggers International, and Ami Worthen. Photo by GO DIVA!

 More transformative Asheville organizations:

Hood Huggers International
The Art of Resilience: Rebuilding Affrilachia. Offering Hood Tours of historically African American neighborhoods, community accountability consulting and other services.

Center for Participatory Change (CPC)
Igniting Collective Power. Transforming Systems of Oppression. Healing in Community.

Nuestro Centro
Nuestro Centro’s goal is “to transform our reality empowering those directly affected by injustice, developing their leadership, auto advocacy, and action towards liberation.”

Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA)
CIMA connects, strengthens and organizes communities to take action for immigrants’ rights in Western North Carolina.

CoThinkk is a giving circle that invests its time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina.

Word on the Street/La Voz de Los Jovenes
An online magazine run by youth of color.