Community Accountability Plan, The New Green Book
Community Accountability Plan, The New Green Book by DeWayne Barton
“Community Accountability Plan, The New Green Book” is one in a series of seven sculptures, each representing a key concept in the Community Accountability Plan, a framework for restoring marginalized communities. The ‘book’ in green at the top of sculpture represents local equity and inclusion policies and initiatives. The concrete mimics the restrictions of Jim Crow segregation, and the gold chains highlight historical ramifications of slavery and profits extracted from hundreds of years of racial oppression. The red represents the blood and sacrifice of millions, while the black represents the current “State of Black Asheville.”
Explore the links below to learn more about the Green Book and the State of Black Asheville.
Learn more about DeWayne Barton and his work through Hood Huggers International, LLC to build greater communication, connection and wealth in systemically marginalized neighborhoods in the Affrilachian (African Americans living in Appalachia) region through the arts, environment, and social enterprise. Take a Hood Tour to explore the story of resilience of the past, present and future of African-Americans in Asheville. The Hood Huggers’ Community Accountability Plan (CAP) implements and celebrates a grassroots regenerative revitalization and accountability system designed to build, maintain, and protect pillars of resiliency in historically African-American neighborhoods.
The Green Book: The Black Travelers’ Guide to Jim Crow America
Published from 1936-1966, the “Negro Motorist Green Book” provided African American motorists and tourists with information on establishments (like hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions) that were safe for African Americans during the era of segregation. Read this History.com article to learn more.
400 Years of Inequality
2019 marks the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America: in 1619 at Jamestown. This site provides resources on the history and impact of inequality in the United States. 400 Years of Inequality is a diverse coalition of organizations and individuals calling on everyone – families, friends, communities, institutions – to plan their own solemn observance of 1619, learn about their own stories and local places, and organize for a more just and equal future.
The State of Black Asheville
Resource site with map and photos of historic black Asheville, links to articles and community resources, and statistics on education, health care, economics and more.
Living Asheville: A Comprehensive Plan for our Future
Adopted in 2018, Asheville’s comprehensive plan provides a visionary framework to help guide Asheville’s continued long-term development, and provides an essential tool for use across the City’s many departments. Includes an opening poem by DeWayne Barton.
Isaac Coleman Economic Community Investment
Named for social justice champion Isaac Coleman, this is a program of Buncombe County that calls for targeted investments in our communities that are currently working to champion equitable opportunity. These investments are part of a broader approach to augment emerging and innovative community efforts, support for small businesses, and investments in education and the economy. Learn more about these investments and how grant recipients are working to improve equitable opportunity, connect people and ensure positive place in Buncombe County.