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Board of Commissioners Recognize Black Legacy Month

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In recognition of Black Legacy Month, the Board of Commissioners approved a proclamation at its Feb. 7 regular meeting, honoring Black culture in Buncombe County’s past, present, and future.

Buncombe County’s Equity and Inclusion Workgroup members Mylon Patton and Joy Wilson were joined by Dr. Oralene Simmons, chair of the MLK Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, to accept the proclamation.

“It is as important as ever to reflect on our nation’s history, recognize what Black Americans have accomplished despite many barriers, and reimagine a better future,” said Patton. “The pursuit of a better America is only furthered by allies, like our County Commissioners, with their continued commitment to truth and reconciliation. The pursuit is also furthered by living legends, such as Dr. Simmons, with her clarity of vision and example of persistence.”

Dr. Simmons shared the following remarks, "I echo from the wording of this proclamation, so beautifully crafted. The whereas, by transitioning from looking back on history and celebrating the legacy of our Black and African American community members, we create a culture of mutual respect. To me, it’s about celebrating, and also a powerful reminder that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and stories are essential to the ongoing story of America, our faults, our struggles, our progress, our aspirations, and journeys.”

In part, the proclamation reads:

WHEREAS, we seek to repair the trauma of past oppression and broken trust by celebrating the legacy of black cultures and voices striving together to build a future of shared hope and promise for all;

Now, therefore, be it resolved, that on the 7th day of February 2023, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners does hereby proclaim February 2023 as Black Legacy Month, a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures of Black and African American people, to raise awareness about our shared history, to recognize the truth that must come before reconciliation, and to acknowledge the important contributions that Black and African American people have made to our community and our nation.

Click here to view the full proclamation.

To learn more about the Buncombe County Equity & Human Rights Office and the Buncombe County Racial Equity Action Plan, click here.


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Updated Feb 10, 2023 02:20 PM
Published Feb 07, 2023 06:03 PM