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WNCHA History Hour – The Buncombe County Remembrance Project

February 24 @ 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Join the Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA) Thursday, February 24 from 6:30-8PM for a special Black History Month program. This event airs live via Zoom and will be recorded.

“The Buncombe Community Remembrance Project: Acknowledging, Remembering, and Honoring Lynching Victims” discusses the personal and community trauma inflicted on individuals of color after the Civil War, the Equal Justice Initiative’s research related to lynchings, and the three lynchings “of record” that occurred in Buncombe County, NC. Additional discussions will focus on the process of honoring individuals that were lynched, the partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, specific related projects, and the installation of three historical markers in Buncombe County.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Joseph Fox is the owner of Fox Management Consulting Enterprises, LLC.  He possesses an Ed.D. and an M.B.A. from Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC, and a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC. Dr. Fox also possesses the Professional in Human Resources Management (PHR) National Certification, Global Achieve Leadership Training Certification, and the Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (REAL) Certification.

Dr. Joseph Fox is a life-long educator, mentor, and community advocate. He has advocated for students of a darker hue for more than 30 years in his role as a community college instructor, as well as his role as a former Department Chair of Business Administration at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. While still employed at A-B Tech, he founded the Minority Male Mentoring Program, that later became the Minority Students Leadership Academy, and now the Multicultural Student Leadership Academy. Upon retiring from the NC Community College System, Dr. Fox established, in memory of his mother, the Hazel Fox Minority Student Entrepreneurship Scholarship in which several scholarships were awarded to nonmajority Entrepreneurship students. The Scholarship was established to encourage individuals of a darker hue to view entrepreneurship as a viable option for wealth creation. Individuals that had been negatively impacted by the Criminal Justice System were encouraged to become “job creators” when they faced difficulty seeking employment. Upon the phasing out of the Entrepreneurship Degree by A-B Tech, Dr. Fox established the Hazel Fox Minority Business Plan Competition in which $11,000 was awarded recently to several local start-ups and existing businesses owned by nonmajority entrepreneurs. Dr. Fox is the recent recipient of several awards including the Summit Award given by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Western North Carolina Chapter, during the 2021 National Philanthropy Awards Ceremony, the Black Business Trailblazer Award, presented to him during the 2021 Grindfest, and both the 2022 Community Humanitarian Award and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Community Service Award, given by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County. Previous awards received include a Thermal Belt Friendship Council Service Award for his work pertaining to race relations, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church 7th Episcopal District Bishop’s “Empowering Us to Help Us” Award for outstanding service and contributions to the church and community.

Dr. Fox is the outgoing Vice President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County, a Wilma Dykeman Board Member, and a Carolina Small Business Development Fund Board Member. He currently serves on the Food-Security Reparations Coalition, and he is a recent appointee to the Advisory Committee for the African American Heritage Trail Project. In his hometown of Tryon, NC, Dr. Fox serves on the Eastside Citizens’ Advisory Committee, and is Vice President of the Roseland Community Center Board of Directors. Dr. Fox is also a former President of the Thermal Belt Friendship Council. He has been the Chair of the Asheville Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace March and Rally Committee for a number of years, and he Chairs the Buncombe Community Remembrance Project in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative, to recognize, honor, and celebrate the three individuals “of record” that were lynched in Buncombe County.

Tickets: This event is free, though a $10 donation is suggested. These donations are placed in our Community Fund, which allows us to offer tickets at no cost to those who would not be able to attend otherwise. Donations for this event are also shared with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County.

Viewing: Registrants will receive a Zoom link with which to view the program. It will also be recorded and later available on our website.



(Images: Dr. Joseph Fox; Buncombe County Remembrance Project marker, WNCHA photo)

Western North Carolina Historical Association received an American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant from North Carolina Humanities, www.nchumanities.org. Funding for this grant was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the American Rescue Plan Act economic stabilization plan. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of North Carolina Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


February 24
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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