2:30 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting House
227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC
Presented by Al Whitesides
In 1950’s Asheville, Al’s parents taught their children that the only way to fight segregation was with an education. Al took that to heart. He is still working to promote education.
Of course we cannot walk in another’s shoes, nor can we experience the prejudice endured by another’s race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, economic or physical circumstance. Stories, however, can be enlightening, enriching and educational. Join Al Whitesides as he recounts growing up in segregated Asheville, and how he now works to secure a promising future for all in Asheville.
Alfred Whitesides, Jr., a current Buncombe County Commissioner, is passionate about educational opportunity for all. He has served on the Asheville City Board of Education, the Board of his alma mater NC Central University, and as chair of the UNC-Asheville Board of Trustees. In 2016, UNC-Asheville honored Al Whitesides’ legacy with an honorary degree and the dedication of Whitesides Hall. Professionally, Al had a successful career of 40 years in banking with First Union National Bank in Asheville, Wachovia, and Mountain 1st Bank and Trust. Among all his accomplishments, Al is most proud of his role as a husband, father, and grandfather.
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. All are welcome.