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I Am Lovable And Capable!

Learning the Lessons, Living the Legacy, Lifting Lives



We are the descendants of Nilous and Christine Avery. Charged with carrying out the legacy, we strive to build an active, culturally enriching learning community among students of all ages!

CWA is named after the late Mrs. Christine Watson Avery. Christine Avery served the Asheville community for over 50 years as an elementary and special education school teacher in Asheville City School, a pastor's wife, and as the Christian Education Director at the Hill Street Baptist Church. She is one of the founders of the Hill Street Daycare Center, Asheville's oldest and only Black-owned daycare facility still in operation. Christine Avery believed that every person was special in their own way and deserving of love and care. Her message to everyone was to say and believe that, "I Am Lovable And Capable."

As an activist and educator, Christine Avery served alongside her husband, the late Rev. Dr. Nilous M. Avery, Sr., to champion discrimination in educational and employment practices. Dr. and Mrs. Avery were successful in integrating Asheville City School Systems and the local Winn Dixie, developing the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Asheville, as well as creating the Asheville Student Commission on Racial Equality (ASCORE). Committed to the community and the youth, Christine Avery dedicated her life to serving others.


Board of Directors

  • Rev. Dr. Nilous Avery, II (Chair)
  • Jaha Avery, Esq.
  • Dr. Terrell Morton
  • Dr. Kryste Avery-Moore
  • Nian Avery, Sr. 
  • Carol Goings, Esq.
  • Joan Gilmore
  • Vernell Woldu
  • Lawrence Gilliam

CiCi Avery Weston, M.A.
Executive Director


  • Hill Street MBC, Asheville NC
  • Mount Zion MBC, Asheville NC
  • Asheville City School Systems
  • Buncombe County Commissioners
  • UNC Asheville