2019 Schedule

All conference events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Advance registration is requested online or by calling 828.255.7215.

View the conference schedule below.

Thursday, October 17

What: Opening Reception
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market Street
 
Aaron Thompson, Ph.D., Jesse & Julia Ray Lecture Series Keynote
 
Rasheda McDaniels, Award for Community Engagement Presentation
 
Sophie Dixon and Norma Baynes, UNC Asheville Department of History Service Award for Community Engagement
 
Music by Delta House Jazz Band
Spoken Word by Melody Henry
Catering by Kente Kitchen, Ramona Young

Friday, October 18

Overview of the Day

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Panel Presentations and more in UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union (details below)      

7–9 p.m. Community Concert: Black Roots of Appalachian Music at YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St.
  • Music by Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Special Tribute + More
  • Featuring special dedication to the late Ed Cabbell, co-editor of the groundbreaking book, Blacks in Appalachia

Presentations and more in UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union Grotto, Blue Ridge Room

8-9 a.m. Registration + sign-in 
Highsmith Student Union, Blue Ridge Room Enterance  
 
9 a.m. Welcome, Highsmith Student Union, Blue Ridge Room
Darin Waters, Ph.D., Executive Director of Community Engagement, UNC Asheville,
Sarah Judson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, UNC Asheville
 
9:15-11:45 a.m. Panel: UNC Asheville Student Research Presentations Moderator: Darin Waters, Ph.D. 
Highsmith Student Union, South Blue Ridge Room 
 
Student Panelists:                                                                     
  • Anitra Griffin, Research on the Diversity in the Media with an Emphasis on the Blue Ridge Public Radio Station located here in Asheville
  • Flo Jacques, Black Students in Western North Carolina’s Education System
  • Sarah Holder, Southern Appalachia’s Jackie Moms Mabley: Resistance and Social Commentary through Comedy
  • Gennie GonzalesShiloh Elementary School, a School Built in the Historically African-American neighborhood Shiloh
  • Olivia Barnes, The Effects of Gentrification for African Americans in WNC

Research funding provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation​

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Drop-in) Practitioner Sessions
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
  • Moon Sign and Destiny Readings with Eboné Oshunyemi
  • Tarot Readings with Bobbi Williams
  • Wellness Consults with Professor JoyMaat
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Isaiah Rice Photo Exhibition    
Highsmith Student Union  
 
10:15–11:15 a.m. Office of Multicultural Affairs Social Justice Coffee Hour: Self-Care as Healing Justice 
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Sounds + Songs of Resilience by Melody Henry
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Break for lunch (on your own)- Find on-campus dining options here
 
1:00-2:30 p.m. Panel - Black Lens on Tourism | Moderator: Kimberly Hunter
Highsmith Student Union, South Blue Ridge Room
 
Panelists:
  • Lisa Withers, NC Green Book Project
  • DeWayne Barton, Hood Huggers International + Tours; African-American Heritage Trail
  • Tiffany Tolbert, Field Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nina Simone Project
  • Dina Bailey, African American Heritage Trail
1:15–2:15 p.m. Film Screening: Mama Africa by Benito Kubakintay Marquez Ortoll
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
2:45–3:45 p.m. MaaticFlow Yoga & Wellness with Professor JoyMaat
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
2:45-4:15 p.m. Panel - A Century of Perspectives on African Americans in Southern Appalachia | Moderator: Gene Hyde
Highsmith Student Union, South Blue Ridge Room

Panelists:

  • William Isom II, Screening of his film: Knoxville's Red Summer: The Riot of 1919
  • Matthew O’neal, Ph.D., Three Racial Expulsions in Appalachia: A Century of Perspective
  • Yunina Bourbor-Payne, Ph.D. Candidate, Staging Resilience: Intergrating Affrilachia in the Dramaturgy of The Legend of Mountain Mama
  • Marie Cochran, I Pledge Allegiance to Affrilicha
  • William H. Turner, Ph.D., Response to I Pledge Allegiance to Affrilachia
4–4:15 p.m Savasana Meditation
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
4:15 p.m. Circle of Resilience by Sharon Oxendine and Tara Brown
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
4:30–5:30 p.m. Arts Presentations by Asheville Middle School Students
Highsmith Student Union, North Blue Ridge Room

7–9 p.m. Community Concert: Black Roots of Appalachian Music at YMI Cultural Center, 39 S. Market St.

  • Music by Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, Special Tribute + More
  • Featuring special dedication to the late Ed Cabbell, co-editor of the groundbreaking book, Blacks in Appalachia

Saturday, October 19

Overview of the Day

9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel Presentations, Awards Brunch and more in UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union (details below)
UNC Asheville Highsmith Student Union

7 - 11 p.m. CoThinkk Awards Night at Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top, 2A Huntsman Pl.
Reserve tickets at cothinkk.org

Presentations and more in UNC Asheville's Highsmith Student Union Grotto, Blue Ridge Room & Alumni Hall 

8-9 a.m. Registration + sign-in
Highsmith Student Union, Blue Ridge Room Enterance
 
9 a.m. Welcome: Highsmith Student Union, Alumni HallDarin Waters, Ph.D., Executive Director of Community Engagement
 
9:15-10:45 a.m. Panel- Resistance Made Manifest: The Reemeergence of the NAACP in Western NC, 2013-2019
Highsmith Student Union, Alumni Hall
 
Panelists:
  • Enrique Alberto Gómez Ph.D., President of the Jackson County Branch of the NAACP
  • Robin EllisPresident of the Yancey/Mitchell Branch of the NAACP
  • Melinda Lowrance, President of the Henderson County Branch of the NAACP
  • Dr. Penny Smith, Member of the Jackson County Branch of the NAACP
  • Katherine Bartel, Secretary of Haywood County NAACP
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Drop-in) Practitioner Sessions
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
  • Moon Sign and Destiny Readings with Eboné Oshunyemi
  • Tarot Readings with Bobbi Williams
  • Wellness Consults with Professor JoyMaat
  • Community Quilt Project hosted by Jennie Pickens
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Community Quilt Project hosted by Jennie Pickens
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
10–11 a.m. Conversations over Coffee: Love as Healing Justice  
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Brunch: Honoring the Legacy of Stephens-Lee High School Reservation Required Tickets $10                                                            Free for UNC Asheville students and Stephens-Lee alumni, Highsmith Student Union, Blue Ridge Room
Hosted by Kimberlee Archie
Presentation of first annual Preservation Society Johnny Baxter Award
11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Sounds + Songs of Resilience by Melody Henry
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
12:45 - 2:15 p.m. Panel - Historical Perspectives | Moderator: Gene Hyde
Highsmith Student Union, Alumni Hall

Panelists:

  • Jeffrey Keith Ph.D.Swannanoa Tunnel
  • Brooke Mundy, African American Women in Buncombe County
2–3 p.m. Gel & Jam Freestyle Session with Kasia Maatafale
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
2:30-4 p.m. Panel - Art as a Tool for Cultural Preservation and Community Storytelling Moderator: Cortina Jenelle Caldwell 
Highsmith Student Union, Alumni Hall
 
Panelists:
 
  • adé PROJECT, Contributing Artists, Celebrating African-Americans through Public Arts 
  • Black Appalachian Young and Rising/The STAY Project 
  • Black History Collective of Henderson County, NC
  • Delta House Life Development
3:30–4:30 p.m Video: Repairers of the Breach Featuring Rev. Dr. William Barber III
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
4:45–5 p.m. Gratitude Circle & Closing
Highsmith Student Union Grotto
 
7 - 11 p.m. CoThinkk Awards Night, Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top, 2A Huntsman Pl.
Reserve tickets at cothinkk.org