Asheville Equity Advocates Resign Amid Racial Reckoning

Oct 2, 2020

The CEO of the YWCA of Asheville has quit, becoming the second Black woman in a month to leave a high-profile job with a mission of improving racial equity in the city.

Libby Kyles resigned Sept. 18, a little more than a year after being selected to run the century-old women’s organization whose primary role is racial justice.

Her departure follows the resignation of Kimberlee Archie, the city’s first  equity and inclusion manager, who left in August.

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After two weeks of protests following high-profile police killings of unarmed African Americans, conversations about equity continue in communities across the country. In Asheville, a group of birth doulas who started their practice to address racial disparities in the delivery room are hoping to elevate the voices of black moms.

BPR’s Cass Herrington sat down with three doulas from the organization Sistas Caring 4 Sistas. Together, they've helped counsel and guide a new generation of black mothers in Asheville, since 2016.


Equity is at the center of an event this evening celebrating the more than 150 years since slavery ended.