2021 Schedule

8th African Americans in Western North Carolina & Southern Appalachia Conference

Reparations, Revelations & Racial Justice: The Path Forward


Date: Saturday November 6th, 2021
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm


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  • Opening Session

  • 10:00                         Darin J. Waters, Ph.D.Welcome & Opening Plenary Introduction
  • 10:05-10:30        Opening Plenary Address—On Local Reparations

                                      Keith Young, former Asheville City Councilman—Reparations and Asheville

  • 10:30-11:15          Morning Panel—On Reparations Across the Nation

                                      Keith Young & Friends:

                                      Lori Decter-Wright, Councilwoman, Tulsa, OK;
                                      Robin Rue, former Councilwoman, Evanston, IL;
                                      Syndi Scott, Founder and Director of The Amendment Project; and
                                      Robert Thomas of the Racial Justice Coalition of Asheville

  • 11:15-11:25                     Break
  • Mid-Day Session

  • 11:25-11:30                   Tiece M. Ruffin, Ph.D.Mid-Day Plenary Introduction
  • 11:30-12:30          Mid-Day Plenary Address—On Reparations and Education Justice

                                        Gholdy Muhammad, Ph.D.Cultivating Genius: An Equity Model for Culturally & Historically Responsive Education

  • 12:30-12:45                     Break
  • Afternoon Session

  • 12:45-2:00            Afternoon Panel—On Reparations and Education Justice

                                        Moderator—Tiece M. Ruffin, Ph.D.:

                                        Brandi Hinnant-Crawford, Ph.D.; Western Carolina University
                                        Summer Carrol, Ph.D.; Lenoir Rhyne University
                                        Darrius Stanley, Ph.D.; Western Carolina University
                                        Nicole Cush, Principal of the School of Inquiry & Life Sciences at Asheville (SILSA); and
                                        Seth Bellamy, Racial Equity Ambassador Program (R.E.A.P.)

  • 2:00-2:45            Faculty & Undergraduate Student Presentations, UNC Asheville

                                       —Kathleen Lawlor, Ph.D.; Emily Cadmus, Alex Corona-Perez, Whitney Hansen & Jaylin Meyer: Presentation –
    “Towards a Comprehensive Accounting of Urban Renewal in Asheville: Initial Findings from the Urban Renewal Archival Database and Lost Black Wealth Study”

                                       —Patrick Bahls, Ph.D. & Knox Gordon Presentation –
    “History Erased: Examining the Intersection of Redlining and Historic Preservation”

  • 2:45-3:30            On Reparations and Health

                                      Black in Black on Black Virtual Exhibit Tour

                                     This exhibition features three WNC-based artists: Ann Miller Woodford, Viola Spells, and Ronda Birtha, as well as data from the Heart of Health: Race, Place, and Faith in Western North Carolina project, a three-year community-participatory research study that seeks to better understand therole and impact of race and racism on health. Black in Black on Black presents an exhibition about the lives and contributions of Black/African American communities in Western North Carolina (WNC). Presenting works of art alongside oral histories and research data, Black in Black on Black is a visual conversation about an often invisible history of our region. Special thanks to the Heart of Health team—Ameena Batada, Dr.P.H., Professor of Health & Wellness, UNC Asheville; JéWana Grier McEachin, Executive Director of the Asheville Buncombe Institute of Parity Achievement (ABIPA); and Jill Fromewick, Sc.D., Executive Director of Sparrow Research Group

  • 3:30                          Darin J. Waters, Ph.D.Introduction
  • 3:35-4:00         Closing Plenary Address—On Regional Reparations

                                     Dwight Mullen, Ph.D.—Reparations in Western North Carolina