The Community Reparations Commission is looking for your feedback

During the Community Reparations Summit, the Commission will seek locals’ input on its draft recommendations.

pack square park with city of asheville buildings in the background

The Summit will let the public hear about the recommendations + provide feedback.

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Asheville’s Community Reparations Commission came from a July 2020 resolution supporting community reparations for Black Asheville, and since March 2022, the Commission has been working to outline recommendations for the City of Asheville and the Buncombe County Government. But these recommendations wouldn’t be complete without buy-in from the community — that’s where you come in.

On Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the City, County, and the UNC Asheville Department of Education and Africana Studies Program will be hosting a Community Reparations Summit at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center to provide information to the public and collect community feedback on the draft recommendations. The draft includes short-, medium-, and long-term recommendations in five focus areas — criminal justice, economic development, education, health + wellness, and housing.

The Summit is free, but registration is required. Before the event, UNC Asheville will be hosting two free movie nights (plus, food trucks) on Monday, Oct. 2 and Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. to get the conversation started.