In the fall of 2021, BLAC and the Ohio River Valley Institute(ORVI) hosted a series of virtual listening sessions to hear from Black Appalachians. The five sessions were part of the national conversation around infrastructure policy but the subjects weren’t limited to infrastructure. Black Appalachians shared stories about their past and present and thoughts about how the region should move forward. This document highlights some common themes across the sessions related to policymaking in Appalachia. The sessions’ eight hours of rich dialogue can be viewed on BLAC’s YouTube Channel.
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