This comprehensive report unveils the systemic challenges and aspirations of Asheville's Black community through participatory research. It emphasizes the community's perspectives on systemic racism affecting various sectors such as housing, education, employment, healthcare, and the criminal justice system.


  • Significant economic disparities affecting business ownership and employment opportunities.

  • Educational inequities, including access to resources and achievement gaps.

  • Housing instability and gentrification impacting community members.

  • Healthcare disparities leading to unequal health outcomes.

  • Biases within the criminal justice system disproportionately affecting Black individuals.

Implications for Policy and Practice

The report underscores the necessity for systemic reforms and targeted interventions across all sectors. It highlights the importance of community-driven solutions and inclusive policymaking to address these deep-rooted issues, aiming to foster equity and justice for Asheville's Black community.