• Early African American Educators
• Legacy of Isaac Dickson
• Legacy of Lucy Herring
• History of Stephens-Lee & other Feeder Schools
• First African American Students at Mars Hill College
MLK Association of Asheville, Inc. & Buncombe County
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville & Buncombe County, Inc. is a registered nonprofit organization chartered in the State of North Carolina in the year 2000. Each year the Association forms a committee to organize the Annual Prayer Breakfast and smaller committees, each led by a board member, to plan the other related events of the King Holiday celebrations. The committee includes representatives of area faith communities, public and private schools, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville, and other organizations and businesses. The Association recognizes both an adult and a youth winner of the Martin Luther King Awards each year; offers college scholarship support to deserving Youth Award nominees; and from time to time, honors a citizen with the Community Humanitarian Award.
Stephens-Lee Alumni Association
Stephens-Lee High School, 1924?"1964, symbolized Black education, achievement, independence, and culture. As the only high school to accommodate African American students in Buncombe County and surrounding counties, it was known for its classical music programs, drama productions, and beginning in the late 1930s, its marching band. Character, intelligence, fidelity, endurance, and fortitude were instilled in us daily as we learned and built lasting friendships within the hallowed walls of the "Castle on the Hill."
During the integration crisis of 1962?"1972 the decision was made to close the school. After the demolition of the building, an idea was born for an alumni association which would work to retain the rich heritage that emerged from the school. A group of former students and teachers started the movement. The first alumni reunion was held in 1991; 1,000 alumni attended! Today the association meets monthly and collaborates with other programs to emphasize to youth the ideals of dignity and self-help, the heart of the Stephens-Lee legacy.
Pat Griffin, Past President, Stephens-Lee Alumni Association