Community Reparations Commission

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 PublicInput.com/avlreparations.

 

Background

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 has been determined by the commission on May 23, 2022.  The next two meetings are scheduled for June 6 (Harrah’s Cherokee Center Banquet Hall) and June 27 (June 20 is the Juneteenth holiday) at the Buncombe County First Floor Conference Room, 200 College Street.

Future meetings will be on the third Monday at 6:00 p.m. at the Buncombe County First Floor Conference Room unless otherwise noticed.  Members of the public are welcome to attend.

The meeting for June 6, 2022, was streamed at the link below and on the Buncombe County Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/buncombeGov and the City’s YouTube Page.

The meeting for June 27, 2022, is being streamed via the City’s Engagement HUB, YouTube Channel, and Buncombe County’s Facebook page.  

 

Members

Dwight Mullen, Chair

Dewana Little, Vice-Chair

 

Meeting Materials

Agenda

Documents

Recordings

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

Brenda Mills, Director of Equity and Inclusion

Office: (828) 232-4517


Updated 6/23/22