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MLK Association of Asheville
"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.

Asheville Celebrating the History and Legacy of Juneteenth

The City of Asheville’s annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held June 12 – 18, 2023, in partnership with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County. Please check this website frequently for updates and announcements as participants’ confirmations are received.

Juneteenth 2023 Sponsors

42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

Saturday, January 14 – 16, 2023

Did you miss the MLK Commemoration week? Watch the 2023 Prayer Breakfast on YouTube.

2023 Sponsors



Support the important work of the Martin
Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.


  • 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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  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award

    Many outstanding citizens of Asheville and surrounding areas have contributed to our community through their leadership skills and compassion. The annual award is an opportunity to acknowledge their work and honor them as role models in our civic life.

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  • 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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  • Inaugural John Lewis Awards

    The MLK Association celebrates and thanks the inaugural 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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"The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Asheville and Buncombe County is part of the community, and our community is a diverse gathering of people who all are affected by gun violence and the trauma it creates. Gun violence does not have a regard for race, age or gender. It's a community issue, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Association will listen, work and contribute to the efforts of those individuals and organizations that have led in wrestling with this issue over a long period of time. We can all work together to make a difference in our community."

-Dr. Oralene Graves Simmons, President,
The Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Asheville & Buncombe County