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Black History Month Events


February is Black History Month. In recognition, the City of Asheville Parks and Recreation is producing a number of events at recreation centers across the city. Below is the list of activities during the month of February. All events are free and the public is invited.

Tuesday, February 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center
Living in Southside: A presentation about the historical presence and significance of the Southside Neighborhood. Sponsored by The Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, and presented by Rich Mathews, historian, researcher and author.

Friday, February 7, 14, 21 and 28 – 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center
Black History Cinema Series: Films inspired by African-American culture. Popcorn provided.

Saturday, February 8 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center
Come enjoy live entertainment inspired by African-American roots and performed by local community groups. Refreshments provided.

Saturday, February 15 – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex
Honoring African-American Women from Then. . . On!: Everyone’s invited to bring a covered dish and join the Shiloh community in honoring the legacy of African-American women.

Saturday, February 22 – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Stephens-Lee Recreation Center
Reaching Back, Moving Forward: A history expo with poetry and dance performances; with special guest speaker Sarah Hart, president of the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association and a member of the class of 1957. Please bring your favorite side dish to share! Refreshments provided.

The Dr. Wesley Grant, Sr. Southside Center is located at 285 Livingston Street. Contact (828) 259-5483 or rshaw@ashevillenc.gov.

The Stephens-Lee Center is located at 30 George Washington Carver. Contact (828) 350-2058 or lmcdowell@ashevillenc.gov.

The Linwood Crump Shiloh Complex is located at 121 Shiloh Road. Contact (828) 274-7739 or lmcdowell2@ashevillenc.gov.

For additional information on any of these events, go to City of Asheville Parks and Recreation at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks or contact the centers listed above.