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Learn and connect at the Buncombe County Leading with Race Summit

The event, which is part of the county’s Racial Equity Action Plan, will engage the community and dedicate a new historical plaque marker.

A view of the buildings of Asheville with the sunset in the background

Engagement and education are at the summit’s core.

In August 2020, Buncombe County declared racism a public health and safety crisis. In response, the county designated equity a foundational value and took on the Racial Equity Action Plan. Now, nearly four years later, the Leading with Race Summit will bring the community together to share the county’s progress and next steps.

Taking place on Saturday, July 20, the free summit will feature music from local Black musicians as well as a culturally informed talk + dance lessons from Atsila Anotasgi, cultural specialists from the Museum of the Cherokee People. Alongside the performances, there will be kids’ activities, food trucks, and information about the equity plan’s completed and future goals.

At a later date to be announced, the county will also dedicate a historical plaque honoring Indigenous and enslaved peoples and Black residents — to “represent our efforts to bring recognition and change.”

The event will be at 35 Woodfin St. Registration is accepted but not required.

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