11+ ways to honor Black History Month in Asheville

There’s plenty of walking tours, events, and Black-owned businesses to support.

YMI Cultural Center

The YMI Cultural Center is 130 years old.

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It’s officially Black History Month: a time to recognize the struggles, achievements, and contributions of Black Americans. Here are 11+ ways that Ashevillians can get involved locally, all month long.

Brush up on your history

The Hood Huggers Tour and self-guided Historic James Vester Miller Trail both offer important glimpses into the story of Black Asheville. The Buncombe County Public Library system has also published a schedule of special events, along with a Black Legacy Month Reading List.

Noir Collective

Noir Collective is a Black-owned boutique and art gallery.

Photo via @noircollective

Connect with community

From spoken word performances and pie baking to a garden work day, there’s plenty of ways to honor Black history with our community.

  • RAISING BLACK| Thursday, Feb. 9 | 7-9 p.m. | Story Parlor, 227 Haywood Rd., Asheville | $15 | A collection of poetry, skits, and monologues from Penny Meacham that explores themes of resiliency and hope.
  • Hidden In Plain Sight | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 2 p.m. | Black Wall Street , 8 River Arts Pl., Asheville | Free | Community elders will share struggles and triumphs of Asheville’s Black community.
  • Soul Food Supper | Thursday, Feb. 23 | 6-8 p.m. | Stephens-Lee Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave., Asheville | Free | Indulge in down-home cooking like fried chicken, black-eyed peas, and sweet potato pie.

See a full list of Black History Month events via our calendar.

Chill Cereal Bar

Local biz Chill Cereal Bar does catering for events around town.

Support Black-owned businesses

By our count, the Asheville area has at least 85+ Black-owned businesses. Our directory includes everything from childcare and hospitality to financial services. Notice a business is missing from the list? Let us know and we’ll add it.

Black Wall Street Founders J Hackett and Bruce Waller

J Hackett and Bruce Waller, founders of Black Wall Street AVL.

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