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City's diversity consultant to host listening sessions

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The city of Hendersonville and a consultant diversity, equity and inclusion consultant will host community listening sessions Monday and Wednesday "to amplify and support the experiences and identities" of members of the public, the city announced.   Read Story »

Tags: race | LGBTQ | African-American history | Latinos | black lives matter | racial equality | diversity | Gay Pride | DEI

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Speakers demand county do more to address Andreotta's social media post

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Several people, including the president of the county’s NAACP, on Wednesday called on Henderson County commissioners to do more to address a social media post they say insulted black and poor people.   Read Story »

Tags: race | black lives matter | racial equality | Daniel Andreotta

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Some constituents say they're hurt by Andreotta's Facebook on public aid

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Some Henderson County residents said Thursday they were hurt and outraged this week when they learned a Henderson County commissioner shared a Facebook post they say insulted both black and poor people.   Read Story »

Tags: race | black lives matter | racial equality

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City embarks on effort to improve diversity

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Before a word was uttered, a gathering earlier this month at the City Operations Center looked much different than other meetings of the Hendersonville City Council.   Read Story »

Tags: race | George Floyd death | racial equality | diversity | equity and inclusion | DEI

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Nicholson resigns over Juneteenth remark

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David Nicholson, the longtime executive director of the N.C. Apple Festival, resigned Thursday one day after news outlets reported his offensive Facebook post disparaging the new Juneteenth holiday and proposing instead an "Old Fat White Man Day."   Read Story »

Tags: race | North Carolina Apple Festival | David Nicholson | slavery | black lives matter | Juneteenth | black history

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Bill advances to outlaw teaching of Critical Race Theory

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The exclusive teaching of Critical Race Theory in public school classrooms would be outlawed under a bill making its way through the N.C. Senate.   Read Story »

Tags: race | First Amendment cases | racial equality | 2021 Legislative session | Critical Race Theory

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City invites residents to apply for board seats

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The city of Hendersonville invites city residents to consider serving on one of the 15 boards, commissions, and committees that advise the mayor and City Council on a variety of issues.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | race | diversity

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Dogwood Trust announces $1M in racial equity grants

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The Board of Directors for the Dogwood Health Trust has approved $1 million for Racial Equity Community Grants to benefit historically underfunded organizations serving Black, indigenous, and communities of color.   Read Story »

Tags: race | Dogwood Health Trust | George Floyd death

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Local NAACP chapter opposes defunding police

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The local chapter of the NAACP said in a statement Monday that while it supports law enforcement reforms in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, it opposes defunding law enforcement agencies.   Read Story »

Tags: race | black lives matter | George Floyd death | racial equality

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School Board issues statement condemning racism

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After a meeting on Tuesday, the Henderson County School Board, Superintendent Bo Caldwell and Henderson County Education Foundation Executive Director Summer Stipe released a statement condemning racism and violence and vowing to "cultivate a community whose bedrocks are kindness, acceptance and inclusion for all."   Read Story »

Tags: race | George Floyd death | racial equality

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City leaders condemn "inexcusable police violence" in George Floyd death

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The city of Hendersonville issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon "condeming the inexcusable police violence exhibited in the tragic death of George Floyd" and expressing support for a "push for accountability."   Read Story »

Tags: race | civil rights | black lives matter | George Floyd death

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

‘We the people’ tackle issues, form solutions

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Eighty-five members of the Heart of Hendersonville project met recently at the City Operations Center to connect, brainstorm and identify next action steps in four issue groups.   Read Story »

Tags: politics | race | Heart of Hendersonville | Pam Rogers | Charley Rogers