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:

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Dr. William Turner, Ami Worthen, Dr. Darin Waters (photo: Peter Lorenz)

Darin Waters, Ph.D.
Associate professor of history at UNC Asheville, Director of the UNC Asheville Office of Community Engagement, writer, speaker, co-host of the Waters & Harvey Show. One of our projects is producing UNC Asheville’s African Americans in WNC and Southern Appalachia Conference.

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With the JMPRO Community TV Team

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.”

DeWayne Barton and Ami Worthen. Community action.
DeWayne Barton, founder of Hood Huggers International, and Ami Worthen. (Photo: GO DIVA)

 More transformative Asheville organizations that I am connected to:

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.

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


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

WRES 100.7 FM
Black-run low-powered radio station.

The Urban News
Black-owned monthly newspaper.

Asheville Blade
Essential local investigative journalism.

See above.