Category Archives: Events

An Evening with Isabel Wilkerson – Lenoir-Rhyne University

If you haven’t read Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns, I highly recommend this book.  As I read it, I couldn’t help but think of my own ancestors who left Surry County, NC for Pittsburgh, PA; Wytheville, VA for Newark, NJ, seeking better lives for themselves and their children. This book tells the how, the why, the tales of those left behind and those who picked up and left.  I couldn’t help but think that many of us have living relatives now who lived this history, yet it remains unspoken. Please talk to your elders and hear their stories. Write them down! And if you are able, please come hear this wonderful author and scholar in her own words. LINK

Isabel Wilkerson is the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in the history of American journalism. She is the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, a New York Times and international best seller. In writing on the great migration, Wilkerson used the story of her parents’ migration to fuel her fifteen years of extensive research. The result was, according to Tom Brokaw, “an epic for all Americans who want to understand the making of our modern nation.” John Stauffer of the Wall Street Journal claims that “The Warmth of Other Sunsis a brilliant and stirring epic. . . . [Ms. Wilkerson] humanizes history, giving it emotional and psychological depth.” The Warmth of Other Suns was a National Book Critics Circle Award Winner and named one of the best books of the year according to the New York TimesThe New Yorker, and theBoston Globe, among many others.

  • Date: Thu. Feb. 20, 2014
  • Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
  • Location: Belk Centrum
    Lenoir-Rhyne University
    625 7th Avenue NE
    Hickory, N.C. 28601

The Sounds of Civil Rights

AB Tech Black History Month Event: The Sounds of Civil Rights
February 5, 2014

This Black History month presentation is by David Gilbert, Lenoir-Rhyne’s Lineberger Multicultural Scholar and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Black History.  His field of expertise is African-American music before the Harlem Renaissance (early 20th century) and he will focus on black popular music from 1919 to 1990.

Black Mountain MLK Prayer Breakfast – Saturday Feb 1

BLACK MOUNTAIN — The 24th annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast will be Saturday at Camp Dorothy Walls on Cragmont Road, with the Rev. Michael J.S. Carter, pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, as keynote speaker.

You can read more about it at the Citizen-Times article by Barbara Blake.

What: The 24th annual Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast.
When: 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
Where: Camp Dorothy Walls, 495 Cragmont Road in Black Mountain.
Tickets: $12, or $35 for patrons, with $23 of that amount going to the Swannanoa Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Corporation for its scholarship fund.
Contact: For information or to order tickets, contact Archie Pertiller at 669-1281 or Roberta Madden at 419-0730.

Affordable Care Act Information Sessions

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County is pleased to announce an information session on the Affordable Care Act for individuals interested in learning how to purchase health insurance through the marketplace.  The purpose of the session is to explain the various parts of the Affordable Care Act, how an individual can apply for coverage and answer questions regarding the program.  The Council on Aging is a designated Navigator agency offering unbiased information regarding the marketplace.

The classes are free and open to the public. No products are sold, recommended or endorsed.

Hosted by YMI Cultural Center, 39 South Market Street, Asheville NC 28801

Class Schedule:

  • January 31, 2014              6-7:30 PM
  • February 28, 2014            6-7:30 PM
  • March 13, 2014                 6-7:30 PM

Contact:  Susan Wilson
Organization:  Council on Aging
Telephone number:  828-277-8288
Website Address:

Mountain People’s Assembly Meeting Jan 23

On Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 pm the newly formed Mountain People’s Assembly, a coalition of area organizations, faith communities and individuals will meet at First Congregational Church, 20 Oak St. in downtown Asheville. The meeting will be held to elect remaining members of a Steering Committee, plan for the Moral March on Raleigh, and begin discussing issues that need to be addressed in the upcoming election year. At this meeting, Action Teams will be formed to begin work on Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts, including voter registration, education and engagement.

The non-partisan coalition was created in December 2013 as a chapter of the original HKonJ (Historic Thousands on Jones St.) coalition in Raleigh, which was formed in 2007 based on a 14-point agenda and focused on holding lawmakers accountable for the legislative decisions that impact North Carolinians.

For information, email or sign up for updates on the tab at the top of this  page.  To learn more about HKonJ, visit

YMI Exhibit: Freedom for All

The Path to Emancipation

During the 150th year of the 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, a traveling exhibit of illustrated informational panels outline the struggle for freedom by the enslaved people in North Carolina and the nation. It will travel to state history museums, historic sites, libraries and other academic and cultural venues from July 12, 2013- August 10, 2015.

“‘Freedom for All’ on exhibit at YMI this month conveys how securing freedom was more of a process than a single act or proclamation and the exhibit highlights North Carolina’s unique role in that process,” notes Earl James, curator of the African-American History at N.C. Museum of History.

“Freedom for All” focuses on the status of North Carolina before the Civil War events leading up to Lincoln’s issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation and outcomes and results of the document in the state and nation. The exhibit also examines some of the differences between the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, the final Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.

Event Details

Where: YMI Cultural Center
When:  January 5, 2014 – February 5, 2014
During Regular Business Hours: Tues – Fri 12-4pm
Cost:  Free

Share the Knowledge: Empowering Young Men for College & Careers

Join us for the Inaugural “Share the Knowledge” Campaign Event Empowering young men for College & Careers.

  • Special Guest Speaker Leo R. Stoney & Panelists
  • Presentation for Young Men Age 14 and up (and guests)
  • Free Admission, Lunch Provided, Raffle for Prizes
  • Saturday Feb 22, 2014, 2pm – 6pm Ferguson Auditorium, A-B Tech Asheville Campus
  • To register or sponsor, please call Tausha M. Kelly at 828-216-4102 or email

Presented by AB Tech, Matters of the Heart, WRES-LP 100.7