11 a.m. March KICK-OFF at the Vance Monument: Mayor Esther Manheimer and Senator Terry Van Duyn
Marchers will then proceed to the MLK Park where the march will conclude. Speakers and musicians at the MLK Park include:
Chelsea White is a local community organizer that grew up in Jackson County, North Carolina. Chelsea got her start in organizing while studying at Western Carolina University, where she mobilized student voters and advocated for diversity and safety on campus as a Student Senator for the Student Government Association. Determined to see her home thrive, Chelsea knew that she needed to organize for lasting change to give the families here a chance for survival. In 2018, she earned a Master of Social Work, which she is now using to organize poor and working folks in the mountains with the organization Down Home North Carolina. Chelsea believes in the power of community and of grassroots leaders, which is why the members of Down Home work year-round on the issues that they are directly impacted by. Together they are working to create sustainable solutions for affordable housing, jobs and wages, healthcare, mental health, and addiction.
Mandy Carter is a Durham-based social justice activist with a 51-year movement history of social, racial, and LGBTQ justice organizing since 1967. The year 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote. 2020 is also a critical election year. Ms. Carter will be actively collaborating with non-partisan statewide efforts in mobilizing our women’s vote. Noting that women are now 51% of North Carolina’s population. Ms. Carter was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 in order to recognize, make visible and celebrate the impressive and valuable, yet often invisible peace work of thousands of women around the world. Also, the Mandy Carter Papers Collection was acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture. Repository of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
Allison is a proud Asheville native who attended Reynolds and Erwin High Schools as well as AB Tech. She is particularly passionate about community outreach, politics, activism, cares deeply about Asheville and its citizenry, and works daily at the local level to ensure that Asheville is a welcoming community for its minorities and traditionally marginalized populations. Allison identifies as a trans woman and uses She and Her pronouns. Allison is Director of Policy and Programs at the Campaign for Southern Equality and through her work over the years she has developed and led numerous trainings for local organizations including medical practices, schools, churches, and businesses, established a name-change initiative for trans people, conducted support groups, participated in panel discussions, interviews, and coordinated with local school systems, news agencies, and politicians regarding equality for LGBTQ people. Allison also serves as Chair of CPAC, the Asheville Citizen’s Police Advisory Council, for approximately two years working to help resolve issues that arise between the community and local law enforcement. She also has the world’s best eight-year-old son who brings joy to her life every day and when she’s not working and engaged in community matters she enjoys traveling to some fun destination with her loving partner Daniel whose support has been one of the many gifts he brings to her life. Allison is based in Asheville, NC. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
DR. ELIZABETH (LIZ) COLTON
Liz Colton has broken barriers for women in her career bridging education, journalism, diplomacy, civil & women’s rights and politics. She has been a Fulbright Scholar, university professor, UN development planner, Peace Corps Volunteer, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, and Foreign Service Officer. She has worked for ABC, NBC, NPR, Reuters and other media in print, television and radio, and was Newsweek's first female bureau chief in the Middle East. Liz is the daughter of the late Marie Colton, the first woman to serve as speaker pro-tem in the NC General Assembly and a true champion for women’s rights. Liz holds a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Currently, she teaches global online diplomacy courses for the United Nations (UNITAR) and speaks worldwide on Diplomacy, Politics+the News.
Rhoda Weaver was our amazing 2017 Women's March on Asheville singer. She rocked the house with her memorable interpretation of "Keep your Eyes on the Prize". Rhoda has a wide repertoire of songs ranging from classic vocal jazz to contemporary hip hop. She is the lead singer of Rhoda Weaver And the Soul Mates. https://www.facebook.com/rhoda.weaver?ref=br_rs
Leeda “Lyric” Jones, best known as Lyric is a singer-songwriter, musician, and music teacher. Her latest EP titled “Perspective” was released in December of 2015. She is a Western North Carolina favorite and holds several Mountain Xpress “best of” awards including, but not limited to: best funk band, best vocalist, best lyricist, best r&b/soul, best singer-songwriter, all around favorite band and band that gives back to the community. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Her grandfather played harmonica and guitar with the late blues legend B.B. King, and father, who plays bass in her band, has been playing in bands since his teenage years. Upon graduation of high school in 2006, Lyric enrolled at Western Carolina University where she played piano and sang in the choir. She taught herself how to play guitar and started busking on the streets of Asheville. Lyric began busking with only two songs, an original titled “Stride”, and “Halo” by Beyonce. In 2009, she met Lizz Wright while busking. At the time, she had no idea that the two of them would share the same stage in 2011. Lyric has shared the stage with legends such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight, Booker T. Jones, Little Big Town, Dionne Warwick, Cedric Burnside, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Fred Wesley & the Lee Boys, Count M’Butu and Warren Haynes.
Wild Bodema is a community of women who come together to form a dynamic and empowering circle through the rhythms of African drumming. As it did in 2017, Wild Bodema will once again energize our marchers in 2019. http://www.wildbodema.com/