Leaders from the historically African American neighborhoods of Shiloh, Burton Street, East End and Stumptown are partnering with the Asheville-Buncombe African American Heritage Commission (AAHC) on the installation of historic markers in their neighborhoods. The goal of the historic markers … Continue reading Historic Markers Project
As proponent of history, I believe in the importance of looking back in order to inform how I move forward. With my birthday falling on December 30, end-of-the-year reflections are particularly poignant for me. Crafting a 2016 in Review post was a … Continue reading 2017 in Review
Because my network is diverse, white people often reach out to me asking me to connect them with people of color, because they want to diversify their organization, program, event, etc. While I am heartened by their desire for inclusivity, … Continue reading Want Diversity?
Sitting here in the center of 2017, I am pausing to reflect on my work thus far this year, and what I have planned. As I gain more subscribers (thank you all), I feel it is important to put my … Continue reading Mid-Year Musing
Who is seen? Who is not seen? These are questions I frequently ask myself as I observe Asheville culture as portrayed in local media, tourism marketing, events, etc, etc. Overwhelmingly, the people who are seen are white, and the people who are … Continue reading Who is seen?
The Game is Rigged The devastating cumulative impact of centuries of systemic racism on blacks in this country cannot be underestimated. It is way past time to face the fact that whites have been benefiting from a game that is … Continue reading Asheville, Invest in Black-led Solutions