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I’m incredibly disappointed to miss this, as I will be out of town.  I hope some of you might find this meaningful enough to attend and pass along the knowledge that surely will be shared.  The union of art history and disability studies, lovely.  Click the image for more information.

 

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At 7 pm Friday, April 23, Nathan McCall will speak on “Race,Community, and Gentrification: What’ll We Do with Them?” at the YMI Cultural Center, downtown.
Nathan is a former journalist with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Washington Post. He currently teaches African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. His visit is made possible by the generosity of UNC Asheville’sAcademic Affairs, Africana Studies, Department of Sociology, CulturalEvents, Multicultural Studies, the Sara and Joseph Breman Fund, andthe YMI Cultural Center.
The talk is free and open to the public.
If you are on Facebook, there’s a page with more information about
Nathan and the event.
Nathan is the author of Makes Me Wanna Holler, What’s Going On, and Them.
Them, a novel, is about gentrification in an historic Atlanta neighborhood, birthplace of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
But it also speaks to the consequences elsewhere of wealthy and often white newcomers moving into poor or working class communities,
including in and around Asheville. Indeed, gentrification might be the second wave of “urban renewal,” or as some people call it “urban removal.”

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Andrea Clark’s images are on display again at UNC-A.  They were last exhibited at Pack Library.  Here’s more information from that exhibition.

Asheville’s East End Circa 1968,” a historical photography exhibition by Asheville artist Andrea Clark, is on view through February 26 in UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery. The exhibition includes 26 framed black-and-white photographs and a large historical map of Asheville. A reception will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the gallery, with a talk by the artist at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Thanks for posting this Ashevegas.  More here.

More information on Urban Renewal:

From Encyclopedia.com: “ Arising from more than a half-century of slum clearance and urban housing reform campaigns, “Urban Renewal” was a federally sponsored and largely federally financed program that altered the physical landscapes of many American cities between the mid-1950s and the early 1970s. Proponents promised to provide cities with funds and legal powers to tear down slums, sell the land to private developers at reduced cost, relocate slum-dwellers in decent, safe housing, stimulate large-scale private construction of new housing, revitalize decaying urban downtowns by eliminating “blight” (economically unprofitable districts), and add new property-tax revenues to shrinking city budgets. Urban renewal, proponents argued, would also slow the departure of middle- and upper-income whites for the suburbs.”

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