April 26, 2017: Civil Rights–My Pathway: Extending the Boundaries

In 1961, Oralene Graves Simmons became the first African-American student to attend all-white Mars Hill College.  In the years since then, she has worked tirelessly on behalf of racial equality.  She founded the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Prayer Breakfast and currently serves as president of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.

At Leadership Asheville Forum’s April 26th event, Simmons will describe her journey from the segregated schools of the 1950s and ’60s to her status as a civil rights pioneer and holder of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, North Carolina’s most prestigious honor.

WHAT: LAF’s April 26th Critical Issues Luncheon Event

WHERE: The Country Club of Asheville, 170 Windsor Road

TIME: Food Service begins at 11:45am, the program at 12:15pm

COST: $20 for LAF members, $25 for nonmembers

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Friday, April 21st.  RSVP to Nancy Williams at nwilliam@unca.edu or 250-2353 (email preferred).

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO A CHANGE IN COUNTRY CLUB POLICY, NO RESERVATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE FRIDAY DEADLINE.

Oralene Simmons