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Lunch & Learn: Wealth Disparity in Buncombe County

"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:

  1. to capture the historical perspectives of older African Americans in our community &
  2. 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.