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African Americans in WNC & Southern Appalachia Conference

The Fourth Annual African Americans in Western North Carolina and Southern Appalachia Conference offers scholars and the community an opportunity to address the African American experience in Southern Appalachia.

This year's theme is "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." In addition to history, this year's conference will highlight research from UNC Asheville's State of Black Asheville classes, as well as examples of current-day community resilience. The conference is free and open to the public. 

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

  • Opening Reception
  • Jesse & Julia Ray Lecture by Judge Yvonne Mims Evans
  • YMI Cultural Center

Friday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Panel Discussions
  • UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center

Saturday, Oct. 21:

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

  • Panel Discussions
  • UNC Asheville's Sherrill Center

7 - 11 p.m.

  • CoThinkk Awards Night
  • Reservations: cothinkk.org
  • The Collider

Learn More

For more information and event updates, visit our Annual African Americans in Western North Carolina Facebook event, or visit aawnc.unca.edu. Help us spread the word!