Category: BLAC News

Blog: Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia Paper Release
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Blog: Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia Paper Release

Black Appalachians have played a critical role in Appalachian history, yet stories of Appalachia have been whitewashed for generations. Neither the contributions of Black people to Appalachian history nor the harms experienced by Black communities are popularly known or appreciated, especially in media and policymaking. In the fall of 2021, the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC)...

Blog: Black Appalachian Coalition: Pennsylvania Listening Session
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Blog: Black Appalachian Coalition: Pennsylvania Listening Session

The Black Appalachian Coalition hosted a series of listening sessions intended to center and uplift stories about community, opportunity, and infrastructure. The Pennsylvania session featured introductions from Melanie Meade, a clean air advocate and Zabriawn Smith, a community leader with Aliquippa Green. Bishop Marcia Dinkins, BLAC’s founder, moderated the discussion. Black Appalachians have been historically...