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Monday, January 15

HERE at FPCA  Lunch & Learn 12:30 p.m. “Why are all the Black Kids Still Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations on Race” 
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum is a psychologist, administrator, and educator who has conducted research and written books on the topic of race, focusing specifically on race in education, racial identity development in teenagers, and assimilation of black families and youth in white neighborhoods. Tatum served from 2002 to 2015 as the ninth president of Spelman College, the oldest historically black women’s college in the United States.  

Peace March & Rally 12:00 p.m. St James AME Church to City-County Plaza
Join up with members of our community to march and celebrate together! There is a brief program at the church at 11:30 and March begins at noon to City-County Plaza for a rally program of music and presenters.

Standing Up by Sitting Down: Asheville Activists Who Sparked a Revolution (8th Annual)
Community potluck from 5:30-6:30pm in Kenilworth Center (directly behind church) followed by the program which will begin at 6:30pm in the Church Sanctuary.  We are honored to host lifetime civil rights activist Lewis Brandon as our keynote speaker.  Contact Katie Adams 828-273-3747 with questions.

Beloved Community, Justice & Action Revolution 9am-9pm, Black Star Line Brewing
A day-full of events, service, education, and conversations about the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. including films, music, poetry, service opportunities and a vegan potluck. Join #teamblackstarline as we pause to remember, ground, and serve. (Article in Mountain Xpress)

Candlelight Service 6:00pm  Central United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall)
The service honors area citizens and organizations that have dedicated themselves to the cause of social justice.

Tuesday, January 16

Poor People’s Campaign Town Hall  7-9 pm. Hill St. Baptist Church
An evening of song and testimony by people who are affected by poverty in this nation of plenty. Learn about the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and how you can participate

Wednesday, January 17th

“On The Row” Dramatic Reading  7-9pm Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center
Features the writing of death row inmates in Arkansas. Presented by Asheville-area actors and co-produced by UNCA faculty members, who will be facilitating an audience Q&A after the reading.

Thursday, January 18th

Michelle Alexander  7 p.m. (doors open at 6pm) – Sherrill Center Kimmel Arena  Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," both crystalized and amplified public discussion about racism and civil rights, the war on drugs and the prison system. (More information)

Friday, Jan. 19th

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors w/Dr Rima Vesely-Flad 7pm (doors open at 6pm) – Rainbow Community School
Patrisse will be in conversation with Warren Wilson Professor Rima Vesely-Flad, chair of religious studies/director of peace and justice studies at Warren Wilson College, and author of Racial Purity and Dangerous Bodies: Moral Pollution, Black Lives, and the Struggle for Justice.
Ticketed event! $10/ea. https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3156489#comments The $10 ticket acts as a coupon toward the purchase of either author's book. If you’d like to buy the book and the ticket at the same time, contact Malaprops: (800) 441-9829
Saturday, Jan. 20th