The 4th Annual African Americans in WNC Conference was held on October 19, 20 and 21 at the YMI Cultural Center and on the campus of the UNC Asheville. The theme was "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow." Every year, the conference offers scholars and the community an opportunity to address the African American experience in Southern Appalachia, both past and present. It provides a forum to engage on the vital issues facing Appalachian communities of color. In addition to African American history, the 2017 conference highlighted research from UNC Asheville's State of Black Asheville classes, as well as examples of current day community resilience.
Stay tuned for information about the 2018 conference, which will be held on October 18- 20. More details at aawnc.unca.edu.
UNC Asheville Awarded $700,000 Mellon Foundation Grant for Public Humanities and Community Engagement (UNC Asheville, 2017)
Conference Ties African American Past with Future (Mountain Xpress, 2017)
Third Annual African Americans in WNC Conference uncovers hidden black history (Mountain Xpress, 2016)
African Americans in WNC Conference uncovers overlooked history (Mountain Xpress, 2014)