City of Asheville to launch Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series



The Information Sharing and Truth Telling Speaker Series is the first phase of the City of Asheville’s process to deliver community reparations for Black Asheville. The series will include local and national speakers who share information about past policies, present trends and disparities, and future initiatives. The community will have opportunities to participate. Please join us over 3 separate events highlighting the past, present and future. 


Information Sharing the Truth Telling Speaker Series

June 3, 10, and 17

6 to 8 pm

Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville

87 Haywood Street, Asheville, NC 28801


The June 3 event will focus on the past and feature the following speakers: 


Dr. William Turner, co-author of the book Blacks in Appalachia, served as research associate to Roots author Alex Haley and former Chair Department of Social Sciences, Winston Salem State University. 


Attorney James Ferguson, native of Asheville and graduate of Stephens-Lee High School and founding partner of the firm Ferguson Chambers and Sumter which is one of the most prominent civil rights litigation firms in North Carolina and cooperating attorneys of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 


Sasha Mitchell, former chair of the Asheville Buncombe County African American Heritage Commission and a family and community historian.


Additional speakers and details to be announced soon.  


The series will be in person and open to the public with an RSVP and will be live streamed.  More information about access to the event will be available soon. 


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