Community Reparations Commission


The Community Reparations Commission regularly scheduled meeting will take place on Monday, June 17, 2024 from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. This meeting will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee Center at 87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC.

The 2024 schedule for the monthly meetings has been updated as of April 20th and can be found here and the schedule for the Impact Focus Area meetings is below and has been updated to recent meeting dates and locations.  


The members of the Reparations Commission were appointed by Asheville City Council on March 8, 2022, and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners on March 15, 2022.

The Reparations Commission is empowered to make short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations that will make significant progress toward repairing the damage caused by public and private systemic racism. The task of the Reparations Commission is to issue a report in a timely manner for consideration by the City and other participating community groups for incorporation into their respective short-term and long-term priorities and plans. 

Follow the Community Reparations Commission’s progress as they work to make short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations to Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Commissioners.  You can access the Reparations Project Page at



On July 14, 2020, the Asheville City Council passed a resolution supporting community reparations for Black Asheville.  The resolution calls for the city manager to, “establish a process within the next year to develop short, medium and long term recommendations to specifically address the creation of generational wealth and to boost economic mobility and opportunity in the black community.”

Definitions of reparations include:

”The action of repairing something”

“The making of amends for wrong or injury done”

“The making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged”

In an effort to repair the harm done by decades of discrimination, the city manager and city staff have recommended a 3 phase process that includes:

  1. Information Sharing and Truth-Telling;

  2. Formation of a Reparations Commission; and

  3. Finalize and Present the Report. 


Regular Scheduled Meetings

The regular meeting schedule is the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. and will be held at Harrah’s Cherokee Center Banquet Hall located at 87 Haywood Road, Asheville (downtown) unless otherwise noted.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.  

All meetings will be streamed on the City’s YouTube Page, Buncombe County’s Facebook page at, and the City’s Engagement HUB.

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Impact Focus Area Meetings

Commission members will serve on at least one of the five Impact Focus Area workgroups based on the charge in the City Council’s resolution:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Housing

The schedule for 2024 is HERE.  Please check this page for any changes or updates to the schedule.  

The work groups are responsible for:

  • Analyzing detailed information on the impact focus area and reporting key findings to the full commission.
  • Each work group will be comprised of fewer than 13 voting members.
  • Commission members may serve on more than one work group.



As of June 1, 2024

Dewana Little, Chair

Bobbette Mays, Vice-Chair


Meeting Materials




June 17, 2024

Meeting Documents

June 17, 2024 Recording

June 10, 2024 (special meeting)

Meeting Documents

June 10, 2024, Recording

June 1, 2024 (retreat)

Meeting Documents

This meeting will not be recorded.

May 13, 2024

Meeting Documents

May 13, 2024 Recording

May 6, 2024 (special meeting)

Meeting Documents

May 6, 2024 Recording

April 22, 2024

Meeting Documents

April 22, 2024 Recording

April 8, 2024 (special meeting)

Meeting Documents

April 8, 2024 Recording

March 18, 2024

Meeting Documents

March 18, 2024 Recording

March 11, 2024 (special meeting)

Meeting Documents

March 11, 2024 Recording

February 19, 2024

Meeting Documents

February 19, 2024 Recording 

January 22, 2024

Meeting Documents 

January 22, 2024 Recording 

December 4, 2023

Meeting Documents

December 4, 2023 Recording

November 6, 2023

Meeting Documents

November 6, 2023 Recording

October 16, 2023

Meeting Documents

October 16, 2023 Recording

September 18, 2023

Meeting Documents

September 18, 2023 Recording

August 21, 2023

Meeting Documents

August 21, 2023 Recording

July 29, 2023 

 Meeting Documents

This meeting is not being recorded.

June 12, 2023

Meeting Documents

June 12, 2023 Recording

May 15, 2023

Meeting Documents

May 15, 2023 Recording

April 24, 2023

Meeting Documents

April 24, 2023 Recording

March 20, 2023

Meeting Documents

March 20, 2023 Recording

February 20, 2023

Meeting Documents

February 20, 2023 Recording

January 9, 2023

Meeting Documents

January 9, 2023 Recording

December 5, 2022

Meeting Documents

December 5, 2022 Recording

November 7, 2022

Meeting Documents

November 7, 2022 Recording

October 17, 2022 is canceled.



      September 23, 2022 Agenda

Meeting Documents


August 15, 2022 Agenda

Document Links on Agenda

August 15, 2022 Recording

July 18, 2022 Agenda

Document Links on Agenda

July 18, 2022 Recording

June 27, 2022 Agenda

Document Links on Agenda

June 27, 2022 Recording

June 6, 2022 Agenda June 6, 2022 Documents

June 6, 2022 Recording

May 23, 2022 Agenda May 23, 2022 Documents

May 23, 2022 Recording

April 30, 2022 Agenda April 30, 2022 Documents

April 30, 2022 Recording

Contact Information

Sala Menaya-Merritt, Director of Equity and Inclusion

Office: (828) 232-4517

Updated 1/18/24