The Rosa Walker Advancement Initiative is a nonprofit organization developed to address the holistic needs of the Asheville, North Carolina community through holistic programs that advance education, scholarship, mentoring, health care initiatives, social and economic growth and development. RWAI was founded by Rev. Brent La Prince Edwards, M.Div., and was named in the honor of the late Mrs. Rosa Walker, pioneer, city activist, and church member.
The vison of the Rosa Walker Advancement Initiative is to strengthen, produce, and advance the quality of life for people in Asheville and Buncombe County.
RWAI is affiliated with St. James A.M.E. Church - Asheville, NC
HISTORY - ESTABLISHED IN 2013
In 2013, Rev. Brent La Prince Edwards had the vision to establish an educational program that would be available to the church and the community at large. He envisioned a vibrant, full and active set of programs and activities throughout the entire building. The initial organization was named the 21st Century Foundation. It was incorporated in 2013. As the organization evolved, it was renamed in the honor of one of the stalwart members of St. James, Rosa Walker upon her death. Mrs. Walker's husband James, alongside Rev. Lacy T. Haith, assistant pastor, educator, and builder, constructed the Haith Educational Building. The Walker Fellowship Hall is named in his honor. The 21st Century Foundation was renamed the Rosa Walker Advancement Initiative and was Incorporated in 2016. The Initiative received its 501 (c) 3 status in December in 2018.