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African American Education in Asheville


"History provides the grounding for our individual and collective identities by giving both context and meaning to the lives we make and the lives we live... In my opinion, when you don't know history, it's essentially waking up with amnesia." - Dr. Darin Waters

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.

Dr. Darin Waters is an Assistant Professor of History & Special Assistant to the Chancellor at UNC-Asheville where he teaches courses in American history, North Carolina History, Appalachian History, African American and Brazilian History. He also specializes in the history of race relations in both the United States and Latin America.

BCTV is excited to present a new video in the BCtalks series. Filmed around Buncombe County, BCtalks intends to bring you knowledge worth sharing.