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#ThisIsAppalachia: Minor League Baseball

Appalachia’s “Minor League  Baseball at its best” Threatened                                  Walter Davis| February 13, 2020         Appalachian baseball fields provided generations of young people “a field of dreams” growing up. Locations were sheltered in town parks, school yards and small stadiums. Look around Appalachia today. There are fewer places to see or play ball than in the past. Some small towns have been fortunate to have a

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#ThisIsAppalachia: Black Hillbillies Have No Time for Elegies

Jet and Ebony Magazines: Channel for Black Appalachians’ Values By William H. Turner Excerpt from an essay in Appalachian Reckoning:A Region Responds to Hillbilly Elegy edited by Anthony Harkins and Meredith McCarroll I was born around the time – 1946 – that blacks in the coalfields of eastern Kentucky moved toward a half century of labor, at the bottom of the working class.6 With

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#ThisIsAppalachia: Appalachian Funders Network

by Margo Miller October 21, 2019 Many years ago, I walked into a room with a bunch of folks, some I knew, but most I didn’t know. We came from government agencies, national, private, family, and community foundations. Even though we were very different, there was something we all had in common. We shared a common purpose and vision. Information about the Network from our

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#ThisIsAppalachia: Independent Booksellers

Independent Booksellers by Wendy Welch with Walter Davis and Kathy Johnson| September 16, 2019 Independent bookstores serve important roles in Appalachia: economic development, showcasing regional talent, and offering intellectual watering hole spaces, to name a few. Bookstores provide excellent showcases for regional authors. Wild Fig Books and Coffee in Lexington is the only black-owned bookstore in Kentucky. Genia McKee writes of Wild Fig: “Lexington is

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#ThisIsAppalachia: Coal Miners

NO PAY, WE STAY A Strike Like No Other Strike Walter Davis and Reed Young |August 19, 2019 The history of Central Appalachia for more than a hundred years has been interwoven with the lives of coal miners.  As a result of their efforts, mineworkers brought much more to their communities than a paycheck. Their actions promoted public schools and improved the quality of

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#ThisIsAppalachia: Ashleigh Shanti

The Past as Possibility in the Appalachian South How chef and Eater Young Gun Ashleigh Shanti centers African-American voices through her cooking Story excerpts originally published on eater.com Young Guns Rising Stars by Osayi Endolyn | Jun 3, 2019 Photography by Tim Robison About a year ago, Ashleigh Shanti was trying to imagine her future in the culinary industry. A search was necessary. Shanti planned a meandering road

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#ThisIsAppalachia: Lige Clarke

Appalachian Gay Pioneer Walter Davis |June 18, 2019 Appalachian people were part of the early lesbian and gay civil rights movement even before the Stonewall Uprising advanced the struggle.  But it is difficult to see role models if they are excluded from history. Over forty years ago, then Berea College student Bill Fields tells us that his inspiration for coming out as a gay

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