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MLK Association of Asheville
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"Our LIVES Begin To End The Day
We Become SILENT About Things That MATTER"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are dedicated to advancing and preserving the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

About Us

The Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County is dedicated to preserving and advancing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through promoting goodwill and mutual respect. Founded in 2003, we organize significant annual events such as the Prayer Breakfast, Youth Celebration, Candlelight Service, and Peace March & Rally, bringing together thousands to celebrate Dr. King’s teachings.

Beyond annual celebrations, our Community Outreach Providing Empowerment (COPE) Initiative offers year-round educational programs, workshops, and special events to empower residents of Asheville and Buncombe County. We also lead the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project, recognizing historical injustices as part of the Equal Justice Initiative. Join us in promoting justice, equity, and peace in our community.

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Programs

Buncombe County Remembrance Project

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 conversation and reflections concerning community healing
  • Community healing through programming and events

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COPE Program

The Community Outreach Providing Empowerment (COPE) Initiative focuses on empowering residents living in Asheville and Buncombe County through educational outreach, workshops, seminars, and special events. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, Inc. places great emphasis on the goals of Dr. King that foster economic development, affordable housing, and self-sufficiency.

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Stand Against Racism

Stand Against Racism

The Martin Luther King Association works each year with the YWCA of Asheville in support of its Stand Against Racism program.

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MLK Week

Each year we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy through our annual commemoration event.

Awards

Youth Awards & Scholarships

In late April the MLK Association honors area high school and middle school students who have demonstrated leadership, intellectual, and community engagement skills. In addition to receiving recognition awards, up to three students each year are awarded a scholarship to the university of their choice.

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John Lewis Awards

The MLK Association celebrates and thanks the MLK Association John Lewis Award honorees for their leadership and inspiring service to our community. This award honors men in our community who have:

  • Fostered a culture of inclusion in the Asheville community.
  • Worked to achieve a just society for the disadvantaged.
  • Exemplified a nonviolent philosophy in pursuit of a better life for non-majority people.
  • Inspired direct action in the cause of social justice.

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Rosa Parks Awards

The MLK Association celebrates and thanks the MLK Association Rosa Parks Award honorees for their leadership and inspiring service to our community. This award honors women in our community who have:

  • Fostered a culture of inclusion in the Asheville community.
  • Worked to achieve a just society for the disadvantaged.
  • Exemplified a nonviolent philosophy in pursuit of a better life for non-majority people.
  • Inspired direct action in the cause of social justice.

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