"If we're going to close the gap... It's time for us to stop talking about it and do something about it. If we're going to make a change, we've got to start by setting examples in hiring." - Comm. Al Whitesides
Buncombe County Health and Human Services is sponsoring a Lunch & Learn series that focuses on the history of African Americans in Buncombe County. This developed from a community request to help preserve this information. The purpose is two-fold:
- to capture the historical perspectives of older African Americans in our community &
- to use that perspective to help inform and inspire current efforts to revitalize the Black community
Commissioner Al Whitesides is recognized throughout Asheville as a successful businessman, a community leader and a living touchstone to the city's struggle to eliminate segregation. The long-time community activist and former banker is the first African-American to serve as a commissioner for Buncombe County.
Buncombe County is excited to present a new video in the BCtalks series. Filmed around Buncombe County, BCtalks intends to bring you knowledge worth sharing.