Bettie Council

Position: Board Member

Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, Bettie has lived in Asheville since the age of 3. She lived in public housing, Lee Walker Heights, attended Livingston Street Elementary School which is now the Eddington Center and Hill Street Middle School, which is now Isaac Dickson. She graduated from South French Broad High School which is at the site of, now, Asheville Middle School. She attended Mars Hill College. She obtained her degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Library Science. She worked as a teacher assistant for four years at Claxton Elementary School. Upon graduation, she immediately got a job at Johnston Elementary School, in the Buncombe County School System. Her tenure at Johnston lasted almost 30 years. She retired in 2000. She is an adjunct instructor at AB Tech.

After learning of the “State” of Black Asheville, attending Building Bridges and attending and becoming involved in bringing the Racial Equity Institute to Asheville, she has developed a deep passion for creating EQUITY in Asheville-Buncombe County and beyond.

Bettie is a visionary, inventor, serial entrepreneur, event planner, graphic designer, website developer, organized, strategic and is meticulous in everything engaged in providing businesses, initiatives and opportunities that will benefit the African American community.

Membership Overview

The ABCLT is a membership-based nonprofit that is controlled by its members. All ABCLT homeowners are members, and other people in the community may also join. All general members have a say in the direction of the ABCLT through voting at the annual membership meeting.

As a general member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable.
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Cast 1 vote on matters properly put before the Membership.
  • Nominate and participate in the election of the Board of Directors.
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

As a supporting member, you will:

  • Help create and maintain housing that will remain permanently affordable. 
  • Participate in meetings of the Membership. 
  • Serve on the Board or committees, if chosen.
  • Receive notices and minutes of Membership Meetings and Annual Reports.
  • You are invited to attend trainings and events.

The annual membership fee is $25/year or 2 hours of sweat equity.

To become a member, please complete online the application form on this page or you can download the PDF version and mail it in with your $25 membership fee.