2:30 PM at Asheville Friends Meeting House
227 Edgewood Road, Asheville, NC
Presented by Cindy Henry McMahon
Cindy will recount stories from her family’s tumultuous Southern saga from the 1960s and 70s and her own journey in the early 2000s as she sought to understand how the Civil Rights Movement and its aftermath shaped – or misshaped – her father, how growing up in a family with this embittered, violent and then absent father shaped her and how she survived it all remarkably intact. It is a story of resiliency, disillusionment, the importance of community, forgiveness and the trauma often linked to social justice activism. Cindy’s story gives a glimpse into how the social and racial justice movement affected the white, southern families who fought for equality.
Cindy Henry McMahon is the granddaughter of a prominent liberal Georgia Baptist leader and daughter of a former minister who espoused peace and justice at late-night activist meetings and then wreaked havoc at home. She survived a turbulent time in our country and at home and wrote a book called Fresh Water From Old Wells, which finally allowed her to release years of resentment and anger.
Professionally, Cindy has 25+ years of management experience in nonprofits and small businesses. She currently co-directs WNC Nonprofit Pathways, helping charitable organizations plan, grow, and succeed. Her previous experience includes serving as the Operations Director for the YWCA of Asheville, Coordinator of the Volunteer Center at United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and Executive Director of the Orange County Literacy Council. Cindy has a BA in English and philosophy from Guilford College and a MA in English from UNC-Chapel Hill. Cindy and her husband, John, have a daughter and son, now in their early twenties. Cindy serves as the vice-chair of the Buncombe Board of Education, elected in 2014 and reelected in 2018.
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation. All are welcome.