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Buncombe County Health and Human Services hosted its first Annual Black History Program on February 2, 2023. The Cultural Awareness Recognition and Education (CARE) Committee, a committee within the Social Work department, produced the event. Buncombe County staff, Shea Johnson and Stephanie Weston were instrumental in planning and organizing the program. Thank you, Shea and Stephanie, for the success of the first Annual Black History Program!
The Black History Program included appearances by:
Priscilla Ndiaye Robinson, a renowned author, and researcher spoke about the Black history of Asheville, her lived experience growing up in Asheville, specifically the effects of the Urban Renewal Project from the 1940s – 1970s on the Black community, and her published research paper, The Impact of Urban Renewal.
Denise Carter performed an interpretative dance.
Phyllis Utley, an award-winning Indigenous Literary Word Artist Speaker, entertained the audience with stories about the Kingdom of the Happy Land.
To view the informative and moving first Annual Black History Program, watch the video below.