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The Buncombe Community Remembrance Project is part of the Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) National Memorial for Peace and Justice nationwide initiative for individual counties throughout the United States.
The EJI is located in Montgomery, AL, and the Website states, “The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
The Buncombe Community Remembrance Project is a collaborative approach utilizing a diverse community coalition led by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.
The Buncombe Community Remembrance Project aims to acknowledge and remember individuals lynched in Buncombe County, as well as to:
More Accurately Reflect History of Racial and Economic Injustice and Inequity
Heal from the Silent Trauma Surrounding Racial Violence:
Foster Local Conversations and Reflections Concerning Community Healing
Community Healing Through
Communications/PR Workgroup ~ Co-chairs: Dr. Oralene Simmons & Ron Katz
The overall purpose of the Communications/PR Workgroup is to be the authorized spokesperson for the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project. All questions from the general public and/or reporters should be directed to the Chair (Dr. Oralene Simmons) or to the Chair’s designee. The Workgroup will also be responsible for the following:
Community Engagement Workgroup ~ Co-chairs: Rev. Damita Wilder & Rebecca Brothers
The Community Engagement Workgroup will be responsible for developing strategies to ensure inclusion of community groups throughout the City of Asheville and Buncombe County. The Workgroup will assist in identifying meeting spaces in which the Community Stakeholders’ Committee feels welcome, seen, and heard. The Workgroup will work in conjunction with the Communications/PR Workgroup to facilitate community articles that enhance community engagement, awareness, and discussion.
Museums Tour Workgroup ~ Chair: Yolanda Adams
The Museums Tour Workgroup is responsible for planning all aspects of arranging for community partners and stakeholders to visit the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama.
Lynching Research Workgroup ~ Chair: Samantha Cole
The Lynching Research Workgroup is responsible for following up on the research conducted by EJI related to recorded lynchings in Buncombe County, as well as conducting additional research pertaining to other possible lynchings that may have occurred throughout the County. Research is to accomplish the following:
Logistics/Historical Marker Site Location Workgroup ~ Chair: Carmen Ramos-Kennedy
The Logistics/Historical Marker Site Location Workgroup is responsible for the following:
Essay Competition Workgroup ~ Chair: Eric Grant
The Essay Competition Workgroup is responsible for identifying stakeholders who can help distribute information about the Essay Contest to 9-12th Grade High School principals, teachers, students, parents, and other relevant role players, particularly regarding students living in low to moderate income communities.
Once the historic marker has been ordered for fabrication, EJI provides CRP coalitions with the necessary information to begin inviting local Grade 9 - 12 public high school students to participate in EJI’s Racial Justice Essay Competition. Students are challenged to write a response to information about historical events featured in our 2017 History of Racial Injustice calendar. We typically choose 4 to 5 winners and award over $5,000 in scholarships and prizes.
Educational Outreach Workgroup ~ Co-Chairs: Ed Manning, Jacquelyn Hallum & Dr. Darin Waters
The Educational Outreach Workgroup is responsible for establishing workshops, events, and presentations that highlight the work of the EJI and the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project. The Workgroup attempts to develop strategies and educational programming that eliminates community pushback and/or opposition to the community truth telling, reconciliation, and transformation. The Workgroup also identifies stakeholders who could plan, attend, and/or present/perform in a dedication and unveiling program that would feature a culturally relevant program in an accessible venue.
Compliance Workgroup ~ Co-chairs: Dr. Joseph Fox & Kimberlee Archie
The Compliance Workgroup is responsible for overall compliance and reporting to accomplish the goals of the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project related to the Soil Collections and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice Monument Placement Initiative. The main focus will be on the following required items:
Contact Dr. Joseph Fox (JosephLFox1@gmail.com) to participate as a member of any of the work groups.
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce
Asheville City Schools
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Buncombe County Schools
Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority
City of Asheville
City-County African American Heritage Commission
Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance
Interfaith Initiative for Social Justice
Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County (Lead Organization)
Mountain Area Health and Education Center
NAACP/Racial Justice Coalition
River Front Development Group
University of North Carolina Asheville
ACLU, WNC Chapter/Asheville Friends Meeting (Quakers)
AVL Art Museum
Carolina Jews for Justice
Circle of Mercy
First Congregational UCC
First Presbyterian Church
History @ Hand
Ignite CSP/NC Stage
Interfaith Initiative for Social Justice
My Daddy Taught Me That
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville
WNC Community Health Services (WNCCHS)
The MLK Association of Asheville &
Buncombe County, Inc.
PO Box 328
Asheville, NC 28802-0328
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