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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.

2024 Rosa Parks Awards

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

The MLK Association celebrates and thanks MLK Association Rosa Parks Award honorees for their leadership and inspiring service to our community.

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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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