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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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Out in the South Job Description

Out in the South Project Team Job Description Administrative Scheduling regular meeting and status reports that will keep the project on schedule and keep all identified stakeholders apprised of the Initiative’s progress. Taking the lead in organizing: face-to-face gatherings, in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia or Virginia; individual meetings and/or phone calls; and, online, mail and/or in-person surveys. Managing and maintaining the grant database and

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PAUSE

One of our ACF Divas recently shared with me an article that said writing an appeal letter was a creative process. Well I must admit that my creative bone has been a little paralyzed here lately with everything going on in the world and our region right now. Between the election, arson-started wildfires in our beautiful Appalachian Mountains, people terrorizing college campuses, police shootings…

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We Have a New President Elect, Now What? A Call to Action

My mommy always told me, if you don’t have anything good to say…..I’m sure many of you know how that sentence ends. Therefore, I’m not going to spend a lot of time talking about what just happened on election day last week. We have a new president elect y’all. So now what!? Many of you know that ACF is part of the Appalachian Funder’s

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We Who Believe in Freedom Shall Not Rest

I’ve recently been reading a lot about Ella Parker, community organizer and civil rights activist. Her life’s work and theory on leaders inspires me. She said, “You didn’t see me on television, you didn’t see news stories about me. The kind of role that I tried to play was to pick up pieces or put together pieces out of which I hoped organizations might

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