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

M.A.R.C.H Newsletter: June 2024

The purpose of the M.A.R.C.H. newsletter:

“M” is for Memory. The core purpose of this newsletter is remembering, honoring, and learning from the lived experiences of our elders be it here in the community, across the state or nation.  

“A” is for Awareness. The purpose of memory is to guide our awareness, so that we understand the context and complexity of the work that is needed regarding achieving racial and social justice. 

“R” is for Resilience. Memory and awareness are built on the resilience of our spirit. Racial and social justice work requires one to be mentally, physically, and emotionally strong. The purpose of this newsletter is to build up that needed strength.   

“C” is for Community. The purpose of this newsletter is to remind us that our strength to fight for racial and social justice is fueled by knowing that the work is not done in solitude but in solidarity. As Dr. King said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  

“H” is for Hope. We know that racial and social justice is not just going to happen. Our hope is that through our actions of voice, feet, or mind we will get closer to it happening. This newsletter highlights ways folks are working toward the goal of this nation truly being a place of racial and social justice for all. 

Please join us Friday June 7th at 5:30pm as we will celebrate the academic and civic achievements of several Asheville City and Buncombe County graduating students who have earned scholarship awards from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Association.

You are cordially invited to all of these free Juneteenth events!

Monday – Quentin Miller, Carol Rogoff Hallstrom, and Jonathan McCoy discussion of community activism precedes a candle ceremony honoring the memory and efforts of slain Civil Rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner whose bodies were found on June 21, 1964, in Philadelphia, MS. This murder of an African American man (Chaney) and two Jewish men (Goodman and Schwerner) by the KKK and local police officers inspired the movie “Mississippi Burning.”  

Tuesday – Sasha Mitchell will present stories and historic insights of some of the first African American families that are foundational parts of Asheville and other WNC communities. This will include looking at how individuals can begin their own work to research, honor, and pass forward their family history. 

Thursday – Community activists Andrea Clarke, Anita White, and Sophie Dixon will discuss the history of the various African American neighborhoods in Asheville and how gentrification has diminished their presence. 

Friday – Sharon West will discuss her study of how health care for African Americans has been and continues to be marred in inequities and mistrust. This discussion will also examine how can the history of the African American communities’ medical mistrust be eased. 

Wednesday – Mary D. Williams is a gospel singer, historian, and storyteller from Durham, NC. She intertwines African American spirituals from the time of enslavement with anthems of social justice from the modern Civil Rights Movement. She will be connecting the past and the present with her presentation entitled “From slavery to Juneteenth Jubilee!”

Please join us for a tie or no tie celebration and commemoration of Juneteenth! Enjoy a soul food feast with alcoholic ($) and non-alcoholic beverages, music, dancing, and an African fashioned fashion show.   
If you would like to reserve a FREE table for the Gala, please reach out directly to Oralene Simmons at
Each table seats 8. For more information please visit:

Come out to Lexington Ave for an evening of music, food, and fun as the city of Asheville celebrates Juneteenth!

Because of these generous sponsors all of the Juneteenth events are FREE!

Juneteenth, Youth Scholarships

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