Annette Coleman Presented Rosa Parks Award
Annette Coleman, an engaged and valuable member of the Board of Givens Communities for many years, was honored at the third annual Rosa Parks Awards Celebration, presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Association of Asheville and Buncombe County and hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville.
A community leader and a retired banker, Coleman is a founding member of Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality, better known as ASCORE, a civil rights group with historic origins in the 1960s.
In addition to her previous guiding role with Givens Communities from 2016 to 2022, she is Vice Chair of the A-B Technical Community College Foundation, on the advisory board of the Self-Help Credit Union, and leads efforts to preserve the landmark Alexander Chapel Baptist Church and Cemetery in Leicester.
In honor of Women’s History Month and in tribute to Black History, the third annual Rosa Parks Awards Celebration was held March 23 at the Lenoir-Rhyne University at Asheville campus. The awards honor women in the community who have fostered a culture of inclusion; worked to achieve a just society for the disadvantaged; exemplified a nonviolent philosophy in pursuit of a better life for non-majority people; and inspired direct action in the cause of social justice.