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Research in Action

Compiler Wilburn Hayden, Jr., is Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar

in the School of Social Work at York University.


38th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Many Mountains, Many Musics. East Tennessee State 
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University, Johnson City, Tennessee, March 27-29, 2015

The Melungeon Other; or How History and Literature Informs Melungeon Stereotypes. Erica Peak-Nordstrom, Milligan College

Many Black Mountains of Music Singing through the Verse of Affrilachian Poets. Forrest G. Yerman, Appalachian State University

A Turning Point in Appalachian Reconstruction: A New Look at the Asheville Election Day Riot of 1868. Steven Nash, East Tennessee State University 

The White-Hooded Mountains: The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan in 1920s Asheville. Kevin W. Young, University of Georgia

J. Edwin Campbell: African American Poet, Educator and Activist. Michelle Haugh O'Malley, Ohio University; Christina Veladota, Washington State Community College; Elizabeth Smathers Shaw, Ohio University - Main Campus; Jack Wright, Ohio University - Main Campus

The Silver Racer in Frank X Walker's Isaac Murphy: I Dedicate This Ride. Adam Sheffield, Appalachian State University; Emily Satterwhite, Virginia Tech; Barry T. Whittemore, University of North Georgia; Kathryn Engle, University of Kentucky; Brittany Means, Appalachian State University

Bringing People Together: Inter-racial Efforts in the Early 1950s in Knoxville. Mary Beth Bingman, Independent Activist Scholar; Sandra Godwin, Georgia College & State University

African American and Cherokee Nurses in Knoxville, TN 1900-1965 Moderator: Phoebe A. Pollitt.   
Getting Started: The Knoxville General Hospital School of Nursing. Phoebe A. Pollitt, Appalachian State University

History of White Nursing Education and Practice in Knoxville, Tenn., 1900-1964. Billie R. McNamara, Knoxville General Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association

History of Cherokee and African American Nursing Education and Practice in Knoxville, Tennessee, 1900-1964. Sharon Loury, East Tennessee State University 

Collaboration and Partnership: Building an Appalachian Health History Museum. Martha Whaley, East Tennessee State University

‘Gangsta Rap’ and Appalachian Folk Music: Participants in an American Music History of Violent Lyrics Carson Benn, Texas Tech University

39th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Voices from the Misty Mountains: Diversity and Unity, A New Appalachia. Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, March 17-20, 2016

Affrilachia:  A Sociology of Knowledge and Literary Analysis of a New Appalachian Voice. William H. Turner, Prairie View A & M University

Critical Race Theory & Personal Reflections on the Continuing Problems of Racism in Appalachia. Wilburn Hayden, Jr., York University
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What I Have Seen, Heard, Read and Said about Diversity and Unity in the Misty Mountains. Edward J. Cabbell, Scholar/ Musician/Poet

Voices from the Misty Mountains, Readings from the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Homer Hickam and Frank X Walker Volumes VI & VII.” David O. Hoffman, Anthology of Appalachian Writers Editor; Natalie Sypolt, Fiction Writer, Pierpont Community and Technical College; Shauna Kirlew, Poet, Howard University; Omope Carter Daboiku, Storyteller; Randi Ward, Poet/ Photographer; Jessica Salfia, Poet/Educator; Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate

Affrilachian Poets and the Real Professor X: Rhetoric of Superheroes and Frank X Walker. Forrest G. Yerman, Appalachian State University

History. Slavery in Appalachia. Guy Aiken, University of Virginia

Peonage in West Virginia. Ralph H. Lutts, Virginia Tech

Graysville: John D. Gray and Industrial Slavery in the Northwest Georgia Mountains. Robert L. Baker, Collins Hill High School

Reviving Voices, Rewriting History: Rhiannon Giddens’ Banjo and Her Search for Truth. Alana D. Sherrill, Johnson & Wales University—Charlotte [Chocolate Drops]

Affrilachian Agency and the Myth of Western North Carolina’s Racial Innocence: The Integration of Brevard, North Carolina. Elisabeth Moore, Gardner-Webb University

Nikki Giovanni: Chasing the Revolution. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Shepherd University

Diversity. Making the Path Together: Intersections of African American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Appalachian Studies. Phillip Obermiller. Presenters: Phillip Obermiller, University of Cincinnati; Dwight Billings, University of Kentucky; Ron Eller (emeritus), University of Kentucky; Emily Satterwhite, Virginia Tech; Shaunna Scott, University of Kentucky; Chad Berry, Berea College


40th Annual Appalachian  Conference: EXTREME Appalachia! Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia, March 9-12, 2017

Urgent Issues: Confronting White Supremacy in Appalachian Communities. Facilitators: Izzy Broomfield and Beth Bingman, with Eastern Kentucky Organizers Liz Sanders and Stacie Sexton

Higher Education: Race and Ethnicity Race, Desegregation, and Education. Peter Wallenstein

Race, Desegregation, and Education between Goal Posts of Hope: The Role of an Integrated Football Team in Amicable School Desegregation in a West Virginia Coal Town. Michael N. Kline, Talking Across the Lines, LLC

Contested Communities in Appalachia: Race, Region, Power, and the Making of the Whitest HBCU. Dana Stoker Cochran, Radford University

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Double Discontinuity in East Tennessee: Black Enrollment at Maryville College, 1860s---1960s. Peter Wallenstein, Virginia Tech

History: Race and Ethnicity: Affrilachian Asheville: Exploring 130 years of the African American experience in Asheville, NC. Gene Hyde

Philanthropic Experimentation: George Vanderbilt, the YMI, and Racial Uplift Ideology in Asheville, North Carolina, 1892-1906. Darin Waters, University of North Carolina at Asheville

The Urban Folk Photography of Isaiah Rice. Gene Hyde, University of North Carolina Asheville
   
Get off Your Do Nothing’: Becoming Public in an Affrilachian Elder Gathering Space. Kenneth Betsalel and Heidi Kelley, University of North Carolina at Asheville; Fred J. Hay, Appalachian State University

Land and Landscape, History, Race and Ethnicity Race, and Historical Practices in Appalachia. Andrew Lee Feight

Black Knoxville: At the Intersection of Race and Region. Enkeshi Thom, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The Burning of CCC Camp Adams: Segregation & Sabotage in Ohio's Shawnee State Forest. Andrew Lee Feight, Shawnee State University

Appalachian Activist: The Civil Rights Movement in Asheville, North Carolina. Patrick S. Parker, Appalachian State University

Recovering Marginalized Voices from Earl White and Arthur Grimes: Contemporary Black Musicians and Dancers in the Old Time Music Community,’’ Shohei Tsutsumi, Appalachian State University

Critical Interventions Organizing: Race and Ethnicity, Class Identity, White Racial Identity, and Social Justice, Matthew S. Richards, Appalachian State University

Cultural Crisis, White Privilege, and Class in Appalachia: An Analysis of Selected Memoirs. Marie Tedesco, East Tennessee State University

Where Are the Hillbilly Nationalists in the Black Lives Matter Movement? Kimberly Williams, Virginia Tech; Matthew S. Richards, Appalachian State University

Material Culture: History. 19th Century African American Quilters in Appalachia. Kathleen Curtis Wilson, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

Historic Christiansburg Institute (CI) and Museum, a leading African American secondary education boarding school and the major education institution for African Americans in Southwest Virginia before it closed. Jessie Eaves, Executive Board Member, Christiansburg Institute

Integrating Appalachia: Competing Visions of John C. Campbell and John D. Whisman. Glen Taul, Campbellsville University

Chasing Utopia. Nikki Giovanni, Virginia Tech; Emily Blair, University of Louisville Solitude Historic Farmhouse and Slave Dwelling
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Dating back more than 200 years, Solitude was first a farmhouse that was part of a constellation of New River Valley slave-run plantations. Solitude was later home to the Preston and Olin Institute, which in 1872 became the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now known as Virginia Tech). Elizabeth Fine and Emerita, Virginia Tech


41st Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Re-stitching the Seams: Appalachia Beyond Its Borders. Millennium Hotel, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 5-8, 2018

Speaking of Equity and Justice – Stories and Discussion. Omope Carter Daboiku; Wilburn Hayden; Shanita Jackson; Stacie Sexton 

Moments in Black Appalachian History - Emancipation Day: Gallia County, Ohio. William Isom II

Spreading our Wings—Black Huntingtonian Progress during the Era of “Benevolent Segregation.” Cicero M. Fain III

African-American Miners in the West Virginia Mine Wars. John Blatzheim

Coal: The Impact of Underground Mining on Black and White Family Life in a Small West Virginia Coal Town. Jack Wright; Jack Spadaro; Brenda C. Jackson; William Turner; Arthur Cromwell 

Affrilachian Memory Play: Tobacco Fields. a play in one Act. Yunina Barbour-Payne


42nd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: AppalachA’ville: Engage. Sustain. Innovate. University of North Carolina Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina, March 14-17, 2019

Putting Black Women First: Crystal Wilkinson’s Modern Appalachia Vision in Water Street. Zoe Bergmire Sweat

Rendville and Millfield: Two Documentary Films on Race Relations and Coal Mining History in Southeast Ohio. Jack Wright, Burr Beard, Ohio University - Main Campus Jack Wright, Ohio University

Preserving African America History in a Predominantly White Appalachian Community. Kara Rogers Thomas, Frostburg State University

Documenting and Promoting the Jane Gates Heritage House. Kara Rogers Thomas, Frostburg State University

Remembering Brownsville. Kathleen H. Powell, Frostburg State University

Black Geographies of Appalachia: Black Invisibility. John Henry, Ed Cabbell, and  Gabriel Schwartzman, University of Minnesota

Booker T. Washington, DC: District of Columbia, District of Affrilachia. Forrest Gray Yerman, Howard University

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People not Property: Enslavement Bills of Sale in the Secondary and College Classroom. Deborah Miles Presenters: Deborah Miles and Darin Waters, University of North Carolina Asheville; Christopher Lawton, University of Georgia; Eric Grant, Buncombe County Schools

From a Walkout to a Riot: Black Students and Black Power in 1969. Sarah Judson, University of North Carolina Asheville


43rd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Understories: Growing Hope and Resilience from Commonwealth to Global Commons. University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, March 12-15, 2020

Black Appalachian Women: Testimonies, Environmental Justice, Health Disparities, and Historical Reparations. A of black Appalachian women discuss their work in the academy, film, social justice organizations, literature, and museums. 

Unearthing the History of Black Appalachians in the Athens-Ohio River Valley Region. Laura Elizabeth Harbert

Mount Zion Baptist Church: A History. Trevellyah Ford Ahmed, Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society

The Story of a Building: Mount Zion Baptist Church. Destiniee Jaram, Ohio University

Sacred Ground: Documenting a Lynching in Southeast Ohio. Yana Durado, Ohio University

The Anti-Black Myth in Ohio. Jordan Zdinak, Kezia Waters, and Claire Rounkles, Ohio University

Minority Representation in History and Education. Sara Taylor Boissonneau, Invited Students, Fayetteville State University

They Built a School: Remembering an All-Black High School in the Kentucky Coalfields, 1931-1963. Kristan McCullum, University of Virginia

Hidden History—Dr. Carter G. Woodson, A Remarkable Appalachian & Founder of Black History Month. Omope Carter Daboiku, Homeside Ltd.

Teaching Appalachia at an HBCU Outside the Region. Sara Taylor Boissonneau, Invited Students, Fayetteville State University

Minorities in Literature: An Opportunity for Diversity in the Classroom. Skye Huff, Vanderbilt University

Afrolachian Traditions of Herbs, Heritage Plants, and Cooking. Ruby Daniels, Sprouting Farm

Parrhesia in Afrobeat and Pop Music in Contemporary Francophone West Africa. Lassane Ouedraogo, Ohio University

Understories from Black Western Carolina - Seniors’ Voices from Late 1980s Oral Histories. Wilburn Hayden; Presenters: Wilburn Hayden, Professor Emeritus & Senior Scholar, School of Social Work, York University, Canada; Marie Cochran, Independent Scholar, Artist, Educator, Curator, and Project Strategist; 
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Elizabeth Harper, Special and Digital Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University

Race and Religion: Black Liberation Theology in Denise Giardina’s Storming Heaven. Britt DiBartolo, University of Tennessee Knoxville

Teaching Affrilachian Literature to Transgress: Voices from the Black Appalachian Understory. Kristine Yohe, Northern Kentucky University

Memorizing [Ourselves] Back to Life: A Pedagogy for Studying Black Women through the Poetry of Nikky Finney. Zanice Bond, Tuskegee University

I AM A MAN, Black Masculine Identities in the Works of Frank X Walker. Jeffery Mack, Albany State University

Filling in the Gaps: African American Students and the WVU Mountaineer in the 1960s. Rosemary Hathaway, West Virginia University

A Very White Space: In Search of America’s Black Hunters. Doran A. Tucker, Penn State

Black Appalachian Women: Testimonies, Environmental Justice, Health Disparities, and Historical Reparations. 

What's My Name. Frank X. Walker
 
What's My Name? Ontological and Identity Inquiries in Naming (Re) Construction. Vonnia Harris Davis, Duke University Center for Documentary Studies (CDS)

Because I'm Here, a Documentary Work in Progress About Earl Gilmore. Andrew Garrison, University of Texas at Austin

Disability, Nearly Absent in Today’s Appalachian Literature: A Look at Disability’s Presence in Crystal Wilkinson’s Birds of Opulence. Elizabeth Glass, University of Louisville

The Untold Understory: Resilience and Survival in the Prose and Poetry of Crystal Wilkinson. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Shepherd University

I Got a Home in That Rock, Don’t You See? Unearthing Affrilachian Children’s Stories. E. Gale Greenlee, Berea College

Tortoise and Turtle: Nigerian Fable, Affrilachian Folktale. Lynette Ford, Independent

Appalachia Black and Blue. Larry R. Smith

Black Appalachia, A Search for Justice. Joseph G. Anthony Smith, University of Kentucky (retired)

Kentucky Tobacco Farming as a Mythic Source of Meaning. P. Shaun Neal, Independent

The Eco-Political Practice of Affrilachian Belonging in Nikky Finney's Head Off and Split. Abby Rudolph, 
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University of Kentucky

Recovering Black History in Portsmouth, Ohio: Digital Tools and “Guerrilla” Methods in Public History. Andrew Lee Feight, Shawnee State University

Comparing the Process of Colonization in Ghana and Appalachian: Applying Queer Theory to Examine the Complicated Interplay Between Dueling Identities. Ike Hilpp, Northern Kentucky University

Race, Space and the Production of the Appalachian Region. Gabe Schwartzman, University of Minnesota, Geography

Critical Analysis of Issues of Settler Coloniality and Immigration in the Appalachian Classroom. Sarah Powell, West Virginia University

Translating Justice: Spanish-English Interpretation and Immigrant Justice across the Appalachias and the U.S. South. Gwendolyn Ferreti, Berea College

They Built a School: Remembering an All-Black High School in the Kentucky Coalfields, 1931-1963. Kristan McCullum, University of Virginia

Rendville and Millfield: Two Documentary Films on Race Relations and Coal Mining History in Southeast Ohio. Jack Wright. Burr Beard, Ohio University - Main Campus 

Coal: The Impact of Underground Mining on Black and White Family Life in a Small West Virginia Coal Town. Jack Wright, Jack Spadaro, Brenda C. Jackson, William Turner, and Arthur Cromwell

Race, Desegregation, and Education between Goal Posts of Hope: The Role of an Integrated Football Team in Amicable School Desegregation in a West Virginia Coal Town. Michael N. Kline, Talking Across the Lines, LLC

Race Relations in Early West Virginia Coal Company Towns. Robert Carl DeMuth, Indiana University –Bloomington

Inequalities in the Coal Camp:  Maybe It Wasn’t One Happy. Family John Verburg, Georgetown College

‘I Got the Coal Black Blues:’ Voices of African American Women in Appalachian Labor Conflicts. Karaleah Reichart, Marshall University

Blues as an Indicator of Race Relations in the Appalachian Coalfields. John Taylor, Marshall University 

Black Migration to the Pocahontas Coal Fields, 1900-1930, Revisited. Brett W. Walters, Appalachian State University

Coal Mining Schools in Black and White. John Bell, Western Carolina University 

We Knew Who the Enemy Was: Stories of Black Education in the Coal Camps. Bobby Ann Starnes, Foxfire Fund, Inc. 

The "Separate but Equal" Schools of Monongahela County's Coal Mining Communities. Connie Rice, 
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West Virginia University


44th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference. Toward Antiracism in Appalachian Studies. March 11-14, 2021, Virtual Conference

Recovering Appalachian History Through the Historical Reconstruction and Remembering of
the All-Black School. Kristan L. McCullum, University of Virginia

WE EXIST: Black Lives Matter in Wheeling, West Virginia's: Modern History. William Hal Gorby, West Virginia University

Enter to Learn, Depart to Serve: The Work of the Historic Langston Centre in Bringing Communities Together. Ron Roach, East Tennessee State University; Adam Dickson, Pauline Douglas and Cost, Anti-Racist Professional

A Sociological Analysis of Race and Teaching Anti-Racism in Appalachia. Aysha Bodenhamer, Radford University

The All Y'all Social Justice Collective: Making the Case for No-Learning Experiences for Educators
and Service Providers. Adam W. Jordan, College of Charleston; Rebekah Cordova, University of
Florida; Kasey H. Jordan, University of North Georgia

Unheard Voices and Keynote Listeners: Lessons from a Flipped Symposium in SW Virginia. Nathaniel D. Porter and H. Smith, Virginia Tech

White Space. Kelly A. Dorgan, East Tennessee State University; Nathnael Tadesse

Diversifying the Stream: How WCONA LIVE! Introduces Underrepresented Appalachian Voices to the
World. Christina Fisanick, California University of Pennsylvania

Understories from Black Western Carolina: Community Elder's Voices from Late 1980s Oral Histories. Wilburn Hayden, York University (Toronto, Canada); Marie Cochran, Affrilachian Artist Project, UNC-Chapel Hill; Elizabeth Skene Cochran, City of Asheville

Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voices. Carter Sickels, Eastern Kentucky University; Davis Shoulders, Atlas Books; Crystal Wilkinson, University of Kentucky; Annette Saubooke Clapsaddle

On Common Ground: The Infrapolitics of John Henry. Anne Mahady, Indiana
University

About Face: Representing Indigenous, Asian American, and African American Characters on Appalachian Stages. Derek Davidson, Appalachian State University, G.L Grandi and Cle Moneymaker

Is White Fragility the New Hillbilly Elegy? An Appalachian Bookseller Reflects on Anti-Racist Bestsellers. Davis Shoulders, Atlas Books

Gathering at the Table: Crystal Wilkinson and Ronni Lundy Discuss Culinary Representation, Shame, and Redemption. Erica Abrams Locklear; Crystal Wilkinson; Ronni Lundy
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Campus Conversations: Addressing Race and Racism in 2020. Kristi A. Barnes, Ohio University

I got a home in that rock, don't you see? Unearthing Affrilachian Children's Stories. E. Gale Greenlee, Ohio State University

Calfee Community & Cultural Center: Honoring the Past, While Planning for the Future. Keiona Eaves, Caffee Community & Cultural Center

Representing Race in Appalachia in C.E. Morgan's The Sport of Kings. Erin M. Presley, Eastern
Kentucky University

Anti-racist Knowledge Production in Appalachia: Curricula and Critical Spaces. Carol Mason,
University of Kentucky; Shaila Mehra, Virginia Tech; David Nemer, University of Virginia

Towards Restoration: Minority Empowerment in West Virginia's Incarceration System. Jerry Dooley, Waynesburg University

Claremont and Stone Cliff, WV: Exploring Hidden and Segregated Cemeteries in the New
River Gorge. Elisabeth "Lisa" Orr, West Virginia University

Documenting African American Music Legacies in East Tennessee: The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930. Ted Olson, East Tennessee State University

The Whiteness Problem in America's Prison System. Laura Leigh Morris, Furman University

Been to the Mountaintop: State of Black Appalachia. Cicero Fain, College of Southern Maryland; Darin Waters, UNC-Asheville; Wilburn Hayden, York University; William Turner, Berea College 

Fostering Tolerance and Promoting Diversity through Public Art in Berea, Kentucky. Joy Gritton, Morehead State University

Addressing Antiracism and Decentering Whiteness in Appalachian Studies Programs. Meredith
McCarroll, Bowdoin College; Theresa Burriss, Radford University; Chris Green, Berea College; Julie Shepherd-Powell, Appalachian State University

Folklore Transformed to History: Documenting African American Eptitude in Pre-Civil War Southern Ohio. Omope Carter-Daboiku and Cicero Fain, College of Southern Maryland

Addressing Disparities in Appalachian Ohio’s African American Community. Lori Boegershausen, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio; Ernest A. Bynum, African American Community Fund

Black Education Matters: The Remarkable Achievements of Black Teachers and Students Before Integration in SWVA. Jinny Turman, University of Virginia’s College at Wise; Tom Costa; Zoe Crihfeld; 
Mitchell Holbrook; Math Rowe; Alexandria Deckard; Gina Kissell; Candice Fleenor

Unearthing the History of Black Appalachians in the Athens-Ohio River Valley Region. Laura Harbert, Ohio University; Destiniee Jaram; Jordan Zdinak; Kexia Waters; Claire Rounkles

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What's My Name: The Evolution of a Revolution-Documentary. Vonnia Harris Davis

Black in Appalachia the Podcast 
Sponsored by Berea College, Loyal Jones Appalachian


45th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Making, Creating, and Encoding: Crafting Possibilities in Appalachia. West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, March 17-20, 2022

Black Student Activists at West Virginia University in the 1960s/Early 1970s: An Oral History Project. Rosemary Hathaway, West Virginia University

Cecil Underwood: An Appalachian Governor in the Era of Civil Rights. Sam Stack, Jr., West Virginia University

Black Perspectives in and about Appalachia: Blackness in Action PANEL: Claiming, Creating, and Seizing Opportunities in Appalachia, Cicero Fain III, Marshall University; Blount County Black History as Told
by those Who Lived It, Andrew Baskin, Berea College and William H. Turner, Berea College and Kentucky
State University; Building Action Strategies to Increase Black Scholars in Appalachian Studies. Wilburn
Hayden, York University

Affrilachian Narratives PANEL: Encoding and Creating: Resilience and Survival in the Prose and Poetry of Crystal Wilkinson. Sylvia Bailey Shurbutt, Shepherd University; The Pursuit of Blackness: The Need for More Narratives on the Lived Experiences of Black Women and Girls in Appalachia, Tamicah Owens, West Virginia University;  ‘[A]nd that is why I hate crowds’: Affrilachian Poetry Against the
Violence of Crowds, Benjamin Murphy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; (Re)Claiming the Pastoral in Affrilachian Women’s Literature, Catherine Gooch, Auburn University at Montgomery

Calling Attention to Diverse Voices in Appalachia: Digitizing the Collections of African Americans and Women at ETSU. Jeremy A. Smith, Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University

Affrolachia: 1-1-1 PANEL: The Enslaved Women of Brothers Green and George Gore – Cashiers Hill, West Virginia & The Mysterious Polly Walker and Her Last Will and Testament, Vonnia Harris Davis, Independent Scholar; The Mysterious Polly Walker and Her Slaves: A Review of Her Last Will and Testament, Tina Vaughn Jones, Independent Scholar; We Hid Our History in Our Names: Nyanza, a River in Africa, and Manassas, a City in Virginia, Tina Vaughn Jones, Independent Scholar; Racism during Reconstruction: Why Nine Families Paid for Their Community Twice? The Founders of the Historical Dry Fork, Virginia, Kamila Curtis, Independent Scholar; An Uncommon Death: Strange Fruit in Wythe, Mercer, McDowell, and Summers County, April Saunders, Independent Scholar

Who Do They Protect and Serve? An Abolitionist Perspective on Policing in Appalachia. angie luvara, Frostburg State University

Examining Differing Mortality Rates for Black and White Americans in Appalachia, Maia Grove, Radford
University

Health Disparities in Appalachia, Robert C. Miller, University of Tennessee Medical Center; Kaelyn Finnegan, Maryville College

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New Media in Appalachia: Empowering: Our Communities through Storytelling. Crystal Good, Affrilachian Writer-Poet and Founder of Black by God The West Virginian; Enkeshi El-Amin, Black in Appalachia

Images of Race and Gender in West Virginia Craft Beer. Hallie Knipp, Marshall University

Preserving the Past to Empower the Future: Recognizing the History of African American Schools in West
Virginia within Social Studies Curriculum. Elizabeth DiSalvo Osborne, West Virginia University

Racial Reckoning and Sense-Making Around Educational Equity in Rural Pennsylvania School Districts in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Kai Schafft, Pennsylvania State University

An Investigation of a School Closing in Appalachian Ohio. McKinley Zemek, Ohio University

Promoting Equity and Opportunity in a Small Appalachian School: A Case Study of Leadership. Erin McHenry-Sorber, West Virginia University; Daniella Hall Sutherland, Clemson University

Quare-ing Appalachian Music: Listening for the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Race. Jacob Kopcienski, Ohio State University

Where are the farmers of color? The Production of the ‘Agrarian Imaginary’ in the 30 Mile MealTM in Athens Ohio. Jed DeBruin, University of Kentucky

The Great Migration and the Making of Sundown Towns in Appalachia. Matt O'Neal, University of Georgia

Pool Closed for Racial Maintenance: A Case Study of Montgomery, West Virgina. Scott Davidson, West
Virginia University

Infrastructural Issues in Black Appalachian Communities. Gregory Galford, Virginia Tech

Working Across Lines of Difference for Racial Justice in Eastern Kentucky. Colleen Unroe,
Pennsylvania State University


46th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: AppalachiaFest: From Surviving to Thriving. Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, March 16-19, 2023

Diversity when rebuilding Appalachian housing: Lessons from historical subsistence homesteads. Gregory Galford, Virginia Tech; Vonnia Harris Davis

What Became of the Enslaved People of Oconaluftee Valley? Elizabeth Giddens, Kennesaw State
University

History Speaks: The Evidence of the Existence of the Black American in Southeast Kentucky. Emily Jones
Hudson, Southeast Kentucky African American Museum and Cultural Center (SEKYAAMCC)

Teaching Affrilachian Literature, Kristine Yohe. Northern Kentucky University

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Affrilachian Literature as Environmental Literature. Zanice Bond, Tuskegee University
Convict Leasing, Race, and Mass Incarceration: The 1882 Cowee Tunnel Disaster; David Walton, Western
Carolina University

BECAUSE I'M HERE: Clips and Conversation About the Work-In-Progress Documentary About Earl Gilmore. Andrew Garrison, University of Texas at Austin

Invisible Ground: Making Community History Visible. Brian Koscho, Southeast Ohio History
Center

Southeast Ohio History Center and Invisible Ground. Jessica Cyders, Southeast Ohio History Center

Mount Zion and Invisible Ground. Trevellya Ford-Ahmed, Mount Zion Baptist Church Preservation Society

Langston Centre Health Equity Task Force: Seeking Economic Sustainability through Health Ministries in
Appalachian Black Churches. Skylar Baker-Jordan, East Tennessee State University

Traveling the Jagged Path: Stories from the Creative African Diaspora in Appalachia. Marie T. Cochran, Curator, Affrilachian Artist Project; Laurie Goux, Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, WV Wesleyan College; Khalid Saleem, Department of Theatre and Dance, Appalachian State University

Sifting Through the Past: Black Farming Archives in Appalachian Kentucky. Jed DeBruin, University of
Kentucky

I Know We Still Need Truth-Telling Art': How the Possessive Investment in Whiteness Undermines
Anti-Capitalist Ecofeminist Resistance in Ann Pancake’s Strange as This Weather Has Been. Cody Mullins, Ivy Tech Community College

Work, Pray & Play: The Contributions to Music Around the World, by West Virginia’s African American
Community (1860 to 2022). Vonnia Harris Davis, Independent Scholar; Joseph Bundy, Independent Scholar


47th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Beloved Community: Pride in Identity, Culture, and Geography. Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, March 7-9, 2024

Of This Place: A Conversation on Black Appalachia and Whiteness. Marie T. Cochran, Artist Project, Black Appalachian Coalition Narrative Organizer; Wilburn Hayden, York University; David Joy, Novelist and Short Story Writer; Meredith McCarroll, Educator, Author and Associate Editor, Journal of Appalachian Studies

Uncovered Partridges: A Black Community in Flight from Bondage, 1818 – 1860. Tim Konhaus, Glenville State University

Black Mental Healthcare Access. Sarah Mohammed, East Tennessee State University

Black Study and Questioning the Borders of Appalachian Identity. Jillean McCommons, University of Richmond

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The Kidnapping of Arian and Melissa Jane Bell. Christopher Leadingham, Independent 

Vaccination and Isolation: Smallpox in Middlesboro, Kentucky’s Black Community, 1897-1898. Abigail Stephens, University of Kentucky

Race and Family in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Dorian Cleveland, University of Kentucky

Beloved (Environmental) Community: Demonstrating the Power of Undergraduate Research to Recover Histories of Black Appalachian Environmental Freedom Struggle. Kathryn Newfont, University of Kentucky

Roots Still Here: The Language of Internalized Misogyny and Its Role in Generational Trauma in Crystal Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence. Sarah Jackson, UNC Asheville

Black Appalachian Storytellers Fellow, National Association of Black. L. Renée

The Affrilachian Poets: A Poetry Reading. Dorian Hairston, Affrilachian Poets, Fayette County Public Schools; Amy Alvarez, West Virginia University; Ricardo Nazario y Colón, State University of New York; Frank X Walker, University of Kentucky

Affirlacian Herbal Medicine Walking in the Legacy of Women of Color Healers. Lucretia VanDyke, Independent

Get the Criminal, but Save the State: The Role of the Ku Klux Klan within the Antilynching Politics of 1920s North Carolina. Kevin Young, Appalachian State University

Black Reconstruction. Through Musical Resistance in Appalachia. Patrick Salmons, Virginia Tech

Works in Progress: A Conversation with the 2023 Black Appalachian Storytellers Fellows. Ellie Dassler, Mid Atlantic Arts; L. Renée, Black Appalachian Storytellers Fellow, National Association of Black Storytellers; Kelle Jolly, Independent; Andrew Baskin, Berea College; Ronnie Pepper, Henderson County Research Group; Aristotle Jones, WVRC Media

Affrilachia: Remnants That Remain. Chris Aluka Berry, Independent

The bell hooks Digital Archive Workshop. Megan Feiferand L. Abby Houston, Berea College

Keeper of My Ancestor’s Memories: Kinesthetic Cultural Migration of an African-American Banjo Player. Joseph Johnson, Indiana University, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Langston Centre Health Equity Task Force PANEL: Seeking Economic Sustainability through Health Ministries in Appalachian Black Churches. Adam Dickson, Langston Centre;  Georgita Washington; Adam Dickson; Rebecca Adkins Fletcher, East Tennessee State University; Skylar Baker-Jordan, 100 Days in Appalachia and East Tennessee State University

Race, Language, and Identity in Marcos McPeek Villatoro’s Speak of It. Jim Fogelquist, Appalachian State University

The BIPOC Womxn's Art Lounge. Kayla Patterson, North Carolina State University
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The Female Pastoral Gender Theory in The Tall Woman, Storming Heaven, and Lyrics of ‘Black Myself.’ sophia donadio, Appalachian State University

In Their Own Words: Black Farmers in Appalachian Kentucky in the 21st Century. Jed DeBruin, University of Kentucky

‘Sitting at the Elders’ Feet: Listening, Learning, and Practicing Oral History with Black Appalachian Elders. Jillean McCommons, University of Richmond

In Search of New Narratives: Using Storytelling and the Archives to Remember the Bottom in Knoxville. Enkeshi El-Amin, Agnes Scott College

Writing Home: Familial Narratives and Relationships as Method in Appalachian Alabama. Malcolm Cammeron, University of Virginia

In Search of Black Folk: An Affrilachian Travel Log Through Scotland. E.J. Wade, Shepherd University

Affrilachia: Designing an Interactive Bibliography of Black Appalachia. Heidi Buchanan, Western Carolina University; Sahara Scott, Clemson University; Tomeka Jackson and Shamella Cromartie

Langston Centre Health Equity Task Force: Case Study of a Black Appalachian Community Health Fair. Rebecca Adkins Fletcher, East Tennessee State University; Patrick Cooley; Lydia Hamby; Stacey Horton; Erasmus Sackey; Heath Stiltner; Edwin Swatsell

Showing Up for Racial Justice. Beth Howard

The Crisis in Harlan: W.E.B. Du Bois, Miner Strikes, and Racial Capitalism in Appalachia. Faith Leone, University of Michigan

Western Carolina and the Banjo: The Key to Race Relations in Early America. Norman Rose, Kent State University

Black Geographies and the Global Struggle for Black Liberation in East Tennessee. LaToya Eaves, University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Brian Boyce; Gabrielle Chapman; Caleb Gore; Annie Liu; Lutfiyah Madyun; Mary Terry; Cole Thornton; Anne Victoria; Margaret Walton

Appalachian Studies Special Issue on Black Appalachia. Wilburn Hayden, School of Social Work, York University, Canada; Liz Harper, Western Carolina University,

Project SUNDAYs: The Voices of Rural Black/AA on Religion and Spirituality at End of Life. Tracy Fasolino, Clemson University

Well-Meaning Dreamer: Ron Rash's Reckoning with Systemic Racism in ‘Overtime. Martha Greene Eads, Eastern Mennonite University

Racial Housing Policies and Patterns in Northeastern Kentucky. Faith Taliaferro, Frontier Housing

Black WNC: Listening & Learning. William Isom, Black in Appalachia; Stephen Blount, Dogwood Health 
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19th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Appalachia at the Crossroads: Looking Outward, Looking Inward. Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia, March 29-31, 1996

Coal Mining Schools in Black and White. John Bell, Western Carolina University 

We Knew Who the Enemy Was: Stories of Black Education in the Coal Camps. Bobby Ann Starnes, Foxfire Fund, Inc. 

The "Separate but Equal" Schools of Monongahela County's Coal Mining Communities. Connie Rice, West Virginia University

Biracial Harmony in Eastern Kentucky Churches. Loyal Jones, Berea College

Race and Ethnicity in Urban Appalachia. Marie Tedesco, East Tennessee State University 

Civil Rights in Appalachia: The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in Knoxville During World War II. Megan Taylor, University of Arizona 

Historic Relations between African-Americans and Jews in Asheville. Patricia D. Beaver, Appalachian State University 

White People, Dark Hollows: Race, Class, and Region in Cape Fear and Deliverance. Douglas Powell, Northeastern University


20th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference. Drawbridge Inn, Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, March 14-16, 1997

Gender, Race, and Place: Confounding Labor Activism in Central Appalachia. Sally Ward Maggard, West Virginia University

Being Mountain: Identity, Culture, and Education. Julia Porter, University of Kentucky 

Through Black Eyes: Social Factors that Effect the Academic Performance of African American Students of Appalachian Descent. Roger Cleveland, University of Cincinnati

Black Migration to the Pocahontas Coal Fields, 1900-1930, Revisited. Brett W. Walters, Appalachian State University

Hooded Americanism: The Ku Klux Klan and Reactionary Politics in Northern West Virginia, 1924-1926. Teresa Statler-Keener, West Virginia University
 
A Case Study in the Impact of Racism and Out-Migration on Black Appalachian Institutions. Susan E. Keefe and Jodie Manross, Appalachian State University

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21st Annual Appalachian Studies Conference. Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, March 20-22, 1998

One Close Community: The Eastern Kentucky Social Club-A National Network of Black Appalachian Migrants. Phillip J. Obermiller, University of Kentucky; Tom Wagner, University of Cincinnati

Black Banjo Songsters, Smithsonian Folkways CD, and preview demo of The Banjo: America's First Musical Invention, an Interactive Multimedia Exhibit for the National Museum of American History. Cece Conway, Appalachian State University

African American Music in Appalachia: A Wealth of Tradition in Changing Times. Kathy Bullock, Berea College


22nd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: The Power of Place and Struggles for Justice: Appalachia at Century's Turn. Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Abingdon, Virginia, March 19-21, 1999

Racial & Ethnic Issues in Appalachia. Lynda Ann Ewen, Marshall University 

Reflections on Race Drawn from the Oral Histories of Older, Black, Female, West Virginia Teachers. Rita Wicks-Nelson and Ancella Bickley, Marshall University 

Examining Racial Perceptions of Students at Marshall University. Travis Williams, Marshall University 

Blues as an Indicator of Race Relations in the Appalachian Coalfields. John Taylor, Marshall University 

Beyond the Lahr: Perceptions of Corporate Wisdom & Prejudice. Maura Conway, Marshall University 

The Crime of Malachi Hayden: Justice & Racism in a Blue Ridge Community. Les Brown, Gardner-Webb University 

In Search of Justice: White Privilege in Appalachia. Wilburn Hayden, California University of Pennsylvania

Melungeon Origins through Linguistic Analysis: An Update. Anita Puckett, Virginia Tech

The KKK & Mob Violence in the Timber Town of Cass, West Virginia: The Case of Lawson McMillion, 1924-1925. Teresa Statler-Keener, West Virginia University


23rd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Regional Stewardship for the Millennium: Integrating Cultural, Social, and Scientific Development in Appalachia. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, March 24-26, 2000

Through Black Eyes: Perceived Key Factors That Affect the Academic Success of African American Students of Appalachian Descent. Roger C. Cleveland, Kentucky Department of Education

Map of African American Population Levels, Appalachia 1990 By County. Wilburn Hayden, California University of Pennsylvania

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24th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Standing on the Mountain, Looking to the Future. Snowshoe Mountain Resort, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, March 30-April 1, 2001

Tracing the Color Line in Appalachia Raccoon. William M. Drennen, Jr., West Virginia State College and Scholar Affiliate, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender, Marshall University; Delores Johnson, Marshall University; Wilburn Hayden, California University of Pennsylvania; Joan C. Browning, Ronceverte, West Virginia

Appalachian Students: Place, Race, Class, and Learning Black Bear B. Roberta Campbell, University of Cincinnati; John Lott and Suzanne Tallichet, Morehead State University 

Demographics and Previous Teacher Experiences in Explaining the Learning Styles of College Students at a Central Appalachian University. Joy L. Gritton, Morehead State University 

Finding Face, Finding Heart: You Start with the Student. Cathy Sepko, North Greenville College "Critical Literacy through Regional Literature: A Case Study


25th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Voices from the Margins – Living on the Fringe. Unicoi State Park, Helen, Georgia, March 15-17, 2002 

Housing Problems and Race in Pennsylvania’s Appalachian Southwest. Pamela C. Twiss, California University of Pennsylvania

An Unmarked Trail: Stories of African Americans in Buncombe County from 1850-1900. Dee James and Torie Leslie, UNC-Asheville; Deborah Miles, Center for Diversity Education

Dynamics of African American Communities. Wilburn Hayden, Jr., California University of Pennsylvania

Voices from Black Appalachia: A Comparative Examination of African American Appalachians Living in Small Towns and Cities Within the Region. Wilburn Hayden, Jr., California University of Pennsylvania

An African American Neighborhood’s Struggle for Survival in a Small Appalachian Town. Margaret D. Foraker, University of Tennessee

African American Miners and Migrants: The Eastern Kentucky Social Club. Thomas E. Wagner and Phillip J. Obermiller, University of Cincinnati

Coal Black Voices. Jean Donohue and Fred Johnson, Media Working Group

Partnerships for Change in African American Communities in Appalachia. Janice Morrissey, Community Research for a Better Community; Rita Jones, South Rome Community Association; Julie Johnson-Pynn, Berry College; Ann Woodford, One Dozen Who Care (ODWC); Patricia Hall, Revitalize, Educate, Energize and Prepare (REEP)

“I Got the Coal Black Blues:” Voices of African American Women in Appalachian Labor Conflicts. Karaleah Reichart, Marshall University

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Slavery and Freedom in the Nineteenth Century. John Inscoe, University of Georgia

Slavery and Agriculture in the Upper Ohio Valley. Karen N. Cartwright-Nance, Marshall University

Black Charlestonians in the Mountains: African American Community Building in Post-Civil War Flat Rock, North Carolina. Linda Parramore Culpepper, Western Carolina University

An Antebellum White Mother and Her African American Sons: One Story in Broader Context. Susanne Mosteller Rolland, Morehead State University

Racism in Appalachia: Looking at Community, Education, and Scholarship. Lynda Ann Ewen, Marshall University 

From Appalachian to African American: Media Images of the Poor in the Poverty Wars. Tammy Marvin Werner, University of Kentucky

Mixed Race, Melungeons and Redbones in Fact and Fiction. Katie Hoffman Doman, Tusculum College

Fleshing Out Mahala: The Facts About a Legendary Melungeon Matriarch and Her Community. Katie Hoffman Doman, Tusculum College

Melungeons: Appalachia’s Trope of Marginalized America. David C. Barnette, University of South Alabama

Gravehouses: Providing Necroethnic Clues for Cultural Continuity among Mixed Racial Populations in Appalachia. April Mullins Meta, Randolph Macon Woman’s College

Redbones: The Appalachian Connection. Scott Withrow, North Greenville College

A Study of Grassroots African American Women’s Leadership in the Newtown Florist Club. Susan M. Perz, Claremont School of Theology; Faye Bush, President of the Newtown Florist Club; Charlie Saboor and Asia Ivory, Leadership Development Program for Girls


26th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Building a Healthy Region: Environment, Culture, and Community. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, March 28-30, 2003

A Convergence of Roles and Rules: Appalachia and African American Murder Ballads. John F. Keener, Lees-McRae College

Investigating Racial Cleansings in Eastern Kentucky. Robert Weise, Eastern Kentucky University

Inequalities in the Coal Camp: Maybe It Wasn’t One Happy Family. John Verburg, Georgetown College

New Perspectives on Racial Identity in Appalachia. John Inscoe, University of Georgia, 

Regional Identity and Race in the Mountain and Lowland South. Larry J. Griffin, Vanderbilt University
De-gradations of Whiteness: Appalachia and the Complexities of Race; Barbara Ellen Smith, University of Memphis
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What Does Race Have to Do with It? A Look at Social Characteristics of Black Appalachians. Wilburn Hayden, California University of Pennsylvania

The Educational Outcomes of Minority Graduates. Chris Qualls, Emory and Henry College

Appalachian African American Banjo Songsters and Some Mysteries of Their Traditions. Cecelia Conway

The Poetry of Patricia Johnson and Frank X. Walker: Sustaining and Enriching Cultural Memories of Appalachia, ‘in a place where, indeed, “some of the bluegrass is black.” Susan Virginia Mead, Ferrum College


27th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Building a Health Region: From Historical Trauma to Hope and Healing. Cherokee High School, Cherokee, North Carolina, March 26-28, 2004

It was better than being down there in the country: African American Workers in Western North Carolina. Richard Starnes, Western Carolina University


28th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Vital Words and Vital Actions: Partnerships to Build a Healthy Place. Radford University, Radford, Virginia, March 18-20, 2005

Mountain Banjos and African Roots. Cece Conway, Appalachian State University

The Forging of a Black Community: Huntington, WV, 1870-1930. Cicero M. Fain III, missing info?

African, Indian, or Portuguese? Kathy Staley, Appalachian State University

Expanding Our Knowledge of Diversity in Appalachia. Edward J. Cabbell, John Henry Memorial Foundation

Racism in Appalachia: An Urgent Research Priority for Words and Actions. Wilburn Hayden Jr., Director, Master of Social Work Program, California University of Pennsylvania; Lynda Ann Ewen, Marshall University (ret.), Co-Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia


29th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Both ENDS of the ROAD: Making the Appalachian Connection. Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio, March 17-19, 2006
Keynote Speaker: Dr. William Turner. Bill Turner, a vice-president of the University of Kentucky, received his Associate Degree of Arts from Southeast Community College in Cumberland, Ky, BA in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. He is the son, grandson, and great-grandson of black coal miners from Eastern Kentucky and an active member of the Eastern Kentucky Social Club.

It was better than being down there in the country: African American Workers, Tourism and Population Change in Western North Carolina. Richard Starnes, West Carolina University

Race and Gender Revisted: Conversations with Wilma Dunaway 
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Convener: Barbara Ellen Smith, University of Memphis
Panelists are students in the Appalachian Studies Master’s program at ASU: Erin Casto, Sara Harris, Eddie Huffman, Melanie Keyes, Sharon Price, Paul Robertson. Respondent: Wilma Dunaway

African Americans in Appalachian Culture and Literature. Becky Childs, University of Georgia

The Intersection of Regional & Ethnic Identity: African American English in Appalachia. Becky Childs, University of Georgia; Christine Mallinson, North Carolina University

Reclamation of Neglected Voices: The Affrilachian Poets of Kentucky. Theresa Burriss, Union Institute and University in Cincinnati

Black, Female and Appalachian: An Identity. Cheryl Hopson, University of Kentucky

Survival in the Works of Frank Walker, Stephen Marion, and Tony Early. Marianna Worthington, Cumberland College

Pressmen’s Home, Tennessee: The Evolution of a Union. Rebecca Catron, East Tennessee State University

Coal, Steel, and Culture. Pamela C. Twiss, California University of Pennsylvania

A Life of Coal. Ken Hassell, Elon University

Earnest Rice Mckinney: African American Appalachian Social Worker and Radical Labor Organizer. Pamela C. Twiss, California University of Pennsylvania

At Home in the McDowell County Coalfields: The African American Population of Keystone, WV. L. Scott Deaner, Ohio University

Appalachia in Black and White: Race in Music, Education, and Memory. Deborah Thompson, University of Kentucky

Fireside Industries and Industrial Institutes. Anna Fariello, Virginia Tech

Contributions of the Early Recording Industry to Discourses of Whiteness in Appalachia. Deborah Thomspon, University of Kentucky

Racism and Community Amnesia for Slavery in Northeaster Tennessee: The Underground Railroad as Catalyst for Memory and Action. Larry Osborne, Carson-Newman College
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Unseen and Unheard: African American Women as Appalachian Poets. Marianne Worthington, Cumberland College

Red, White, Black, and Everything In-Between: Secret Identities in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  Theresa Burchett-Anderson, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian

Talking About African American Appalachian English to Community Groups. Becky Childs, Memorial University of Newfoundland; Christine Mallinson, North Carolina State University

The Socioeconomic Status of African Americans and Other Blacks within Urban Appalachian Versus Urban Non Appalachian Areas of Alabama. Theresa Myadze, Wright State University

African Americans in the Archives: Archivists Talk About Some Gems in Their Appalachian Research Collections. George Bain, Ohio University; Kate Black, University of Kentucky; John A. Cuthbert, West Virginia University; Fred J. Hay, Appalachian State University; Jeff Spradling, University of Kentucky

Papers Civil Rights in the Mountains. Pattern and Practice: How the Appalachian Experience Parallels Experiences of Actionable Discrimination Against Other Minorities. Jill M. Fraley, Lexington, Kentucky

Flying Under the Radar: Activist, Paternalist, and Obstructionist Responses to the Civil Rights Movement in Three East Tennessee Communities. Donna Summerlin and Mary Waalkes, Lee University

Shedding Light on the Shadows: An Examination of Social Conditions and Elements of Resistance as a Method to Uncover Enslaved Black Women’s Experiences. Courtney Brooks, East Tennessee State University

A Summer Remembered: Growing Up African American in a Small Appalachian Town. John E. Flemming, Cincinnati Museum Center

African American Music and Musicians in Appalachia: Recent Research from the Encyclopedia of Appalachia’s Music Section. Ted Olson, East Tennessee State University

Black is the Colour of My True Love’s Hair: The Appalachian Roots of Jazz and Blues Legends Nina Simone and Bessie Smith. Jeff Biggers, Macomb, Illinois

Elder African American Fiddler Joe Thompson and African Influences on Appalachian Fiddling. Cece Conway, Appalachian State University


30th Anniversary of the Appalachian Studies Association: Piecing the Appalachian Experience.
Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, March 23-25, 2007

Bridging Community and University: Restoration of an African-American Cemetery in Radford, Virginia. Theresa Burriss, Radford University, facilitator, ISTS: Melinda Wagner, Kathy Jordan, Teresa Dickens, and Rachel Fortune, Radford University

An Exchange of Ideas between Black Belt and Appalachian Activists and Scholars. Rosalind Harris, University of Kentucky, facilitator, ISTS: Dwight Billings, University of Kentucky; Veronica Womack, 
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Georgia College and State University; Sokoya Finch, Florida Family Network; Patricia Beaver, Appalachian State University; Wilburn Hayden, York University, Toronto

Turning 30: Learning from ASA’s Past, Planning for ASA’s Future. Nina Gregg, facilitator, ISTS: The Long Range Planning Committee—Carol Baugh, Chad Berry, Marie Cirillo, Ashley Cochrane, Stephen Fisher, Wilburn Hayden, Sandra Hayslette, Roberta Herrin, Phil Obermiller, Shaunna Scott, Deanna Tribe, and Erik Tuttle
 
Genesis of New Memoir Kinfolks: The Search for My Melungeon Ancestors. Lisa Alther, Piney Flats, Tennessee

Black as Kentucky Coal: Race, Place, and ‘Teachable’ Moments. Meta Mendel-Reyes, Berea College; Brenda Hosley, Eastern Kentucky University


30th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: The Road Ahead: The Next Thirty Years of Appalachian Studies. Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, March 28-30, 2008

Teaching the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Katharine Rodier, Marshall Department of English

African-Americans & Appalachia (Diversity). Elizabeth C. Fine, Virginia Tech

Appalachian Racism: Still the Challenge for the Next Three Decades. Wilburn Hayden, York University 

Discursive Constructions of "Place" in Two Northwest Montgomery County, VA, Communities' Oral Histories. Anita Puckett, Virginia Tech 

Wake Forest: Oral Histories of Church & Community. Morgan Cain and Daniel Grim, Virginia Tech

Learning From ASA: Establishing a Black Belt Community Action & Studies Association (Crossing Borders). Rosalind Harris, University of Kentucky; Veronica Womack, Georgia College and State University; Sokoya Finch, Florida Family Network; Dreamal Worthen, Florida A&M U 

Fighting Back: Black West Virginians in the Age of “Jim Crow” (Diversity). L. Diane Barnes, Youngstown State University; Samuel W., Starks and the Rise of the Black Knights of Pythias; Connie Park Rice, West Virginia University, The Black Response to the Construction of a "Colored" Huntington, WV in the Age of Jim Crow; Cicero Fain, Marshall University; African American Women's Activism in West Virginia. Lois Lucas, West Virginia State University. Commentator L. Diane Barnes, Youngstown State University

Still Working Towards Whiteness? The Racial Identity of Melungeons. Marie Tedesco, East Tennessee State University

Opo Yeye: Community Mental Well Being from a NonWestern Cultural Perspective. Aminata Cairo and Rosalind Harris, University of Kentucky; Media Makers (Representation): Junius Griffin, an American-African-Appalachian. Herb Thompson, Emory & Henry College


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nd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Connecting Appalachia through Traditional and Contemporary Arts, Crafts, and Music. Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio, March 27-29, 2009

Connecting Quilts, the Underground Railroad, and Appalachia. Sheila Maggard, Ohio State University Extension Adams County

Retentions of African Memory Systems in Appalachia: Foundation for an Underground RR Quilt Code. Omope Carter Daboiku, Homeside Cultural Programming; Kathryne Gardette Adinkras, Cincinnati, Ohio 

The Underground Railroad, Quilts, and Appalachia. Nancy Aiken, Independent Scholar, Guysville, Ohio; Ada Woodson Adams, Multicultural Genealogical Center, Chesterhill, Ohio

Mobilizing for Environmental Justice Across Regions: Appalachian and Black Belt Activists and Scholars Exchange Stories. Rosalind Harris, University of Kentucky; Suzanne Tallichet, Morehead State University; Lisa Conley, University of Kentucky; Richard Gragg and Shereitte Stokes, Florida A&M University

‘Foreigners’ in a Strange Land: Race and Abolitionism along the Ohio. Connie Park Rice, West Virginia University

African and Appalachian Heritage as Influences for an Urban Visual Artist. Willis Bing Davis, Dayton, Ohio

African-American Musical Traditions in Appalachia. Bob Gordon, Ohio University
 
The Ohio River as a Cultural Conduit to Appalachia: French Dancing Masters, Flatboat Fiddlers, and African-American Roustabouts. Phil Jamison, Warren Wilson College

‘You Gotta Be Born Again’: African-American Sacred Musical Traditions in Appalachia. Darrin Hacquard, Berea College; Deborah Thompson, Berea College

Race, Region, and Representation: Traditional African American Music in Appalachia. Deborah Thompson and Darrin Hacquard, Berea College


33rd Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Engaging Communities. North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega, Georgia, March 19-21, 2010

From Appalachian Obscurity to African Expert: Manhood, Social Advancement, and African Escapades in the Life of Richard Lynch Garner, 1892-1920. Jeremy Rich, Middle Tennessee State University

The Crisis of Lynching in West Virginia. Tim Konhaus, Tidewater Community College

Case Study: An Appalachian Black Hospital. Karen Nance, Old House Doctor

North Carolina Sketches: An Outsider/Insider’s View. Rebecca Wall, Winston-Salem State University

African Americans and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Rebecca Jones, Appalachian State University

No New Deal for Us: Racial Discrimination and the Civilian Conservation Corps in Southern Appalachia. 
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Ethan Brooks-Livingston, Appalachian State University

Black Banjo Gathering 2005 Video and 2010 Reunion. Cecelia Conway, Appalachian State University

Masculinity and Race in Appalachian Reform, 1890-1920. Deborah L. Blackwell, Texas A&M International University

The Civil War’s Aftermath in Appalachia. Andrew Slap, East Tennessee State University

Reconstruction in Appalachia. Andrew Slap, East Tennessee State University

Moonshine, Violence, and the Ku Klux Klan in Reconstruction-era North Georgia. Keith S. Hebert, University of West Georgia 

Gathering Georgians to Zion: John Hamilton Morgan’s 1876 Mission to North Georgia. Mary Ella Engel, Western Carolina University

Parson Brownlow and the Politics of Race, 18651869. Kyle Osborn, University of Georgia

East Tennessee and Union: The Continuity of Memory and Identity in Appalachia. Tom Lee, East Tennessee State University

Geography Matters: Appalachian Racial Identity and Appalachian Regionalism. Tammy Werner, Western Illinois University


34th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: River of Earth: Action, Scholarship, Reflection, and Renewal. Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky, March 11-13, 2011 

From Emancipation to Integration: Making Visible African American Identities in Blacksburg, Virginia, 1880 – 1940. Anita Puckett, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

Yellow Sulphur Springs: A Hidden History. Brian Katen, Virginia Polytechnic and State University 

The St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall in Blacksburg, Virginia: Nexus of New Town Community Life and National Contributions. Terry Nicholson, Blacksburg, Virginia

New Town: Acknowledging a Past, Discovering the Future. Yunina Barbour-Payne, Northern Kentucky University

Discursive Constructions of ‘Place’ in New Town and Wake Forest, Virginia, African American Oral Histories. Anita Puckett and Elizabeth Fine, Virginia Polytechnic and State University

The African-American Experience in Eastern Kentucky – the Oral History Recordings of HCTC/Lees College Campus. Cathy Branson, Director of Library Services, Hazard Community and Technical College; Brownie Wallace, Hazard Community and Technical College

History and Identity Through Race and Ethnicity. Cicero Fain, Niagara University 

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Virtually Invisible: African Americans in Appalachia. Stacci Blye, Berea College

Get on Board, Children: The Story of Integration in Yancey County, North Carolina. Ashley Brewer, Appalachian State University

The Socioeconomic and Health Status of Black Appalachian Migrants in the Cincinnati Metropolitan Area. Robert Ludke, University of Cincinnati

Exploring race and Culture through Arts and Music. Rosalind Harris, University of Kentucky

Palmer Hayden’s John Henry Series as an Affrilachian Visual Narrative. Marie Cochran, Independent Scholar

‘About as Pure a Stock as We Can Boast in America:’ Perceptions of Appalachia and the Discourse on Race in the Bluegrass Music Community. Mark Y. Miyake, SUNY Empire State College

Hip-hop From the Dub Vee (WV). Sharon Wills Brescoach, St. Francis University

Diabate & Vappie, Black Banjo Gathering Reunion 2010 Video. Cece Conway, Appalachian State University

African American History and Culture in East Tennessee. Beth Vanlandingham, Carson-Newman College?

The School on the Hill: An Oral History of Nelson-Merry School (video documentary). Beth Vanlandingham, Carson-Newman College

8th of August Celebrations in East Tennessee: Celebrating Emancipation in the African American Community. Gene Maddox, George Clem Multicultural Center

Saving Price Public and the Creation of the Swift College Museum. Stella Gudger, Price Public School and Swift College Museum

The Journey to AAHA!” Gwen Valentine and Roverta Russaw, African American Heritage Alliance

The Underground Railroad in East Tennessee: Bringing Racial Reconciliation Education into the Public Schools. Guy Larry Osborne, Carson-Newman College

Place Matters: Constructing Race and Regional Policy in Appalachia. Tammy Werner, Western Illinois University – Quad Cities Campus


35th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: The Wide Reach of Appalachia. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pennsylvania, March 23-25, 2012

Black Banjo Gathering Reunion: Farthing Concert 2010. Cece Conway, Appalachian State    University

Music, Race, and Culture. Jerry Zolten, Penn State Altoona

Who Gets to Be an Appalachian Musician? Race and Gender, Space and Place. Deborah Thompson, 
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Movin’ the Mountains:An Overview of Rhythm and Blues in Appalachia. Jerry Zolten, Penn State, Altoona

Music, Race, and Culture. Jerry Zolten, Penn State- Altoona 

Who Gets to Be    an Appalachian    Musician? Race    and Gender, Space and Place. Deborah Thompson, Berea University

Exploring the Silencing of African Americans in Southern Appalachian Folk Music. Jennifer Howard, North Carolina State University

Common Ground: Affrilachia! Where I’m From: A Showcase of Visual Artists. Marie Cochran, Affrilachian Artist Project, Cullowhee, North Carolina

Racist Sundown    Towns in Appalachia. James Loewen, Catholic University

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Race. Melungeons: Politics of Race and Identity. Tammy Stachowicz, Davenport University

Appalachian Identity and the Erasure of    American Indians. Stephen Pearson, Ohio University
   
Twilight    in the Free State of McDowell: Labor, Economics, and West Virginia’s Bureau of Negro Welfare and Statistics, 1921-1957. Colin    E. Reynolds, Emory University

College Educated Young    Adults and Sense of Place: Gender, Race, Sexuality, and    Being a    ‘West Virginian.’ Anna    Rachel Terman,    Pennsylvania State University

The Free Blue Mountain Air: The Struggle Against Slavery in Indiana County. Catherine C. Catalfamo, Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County 

An Overview of    the Anti-Slavery    Movement and    Underground Railroad in Indiana County. Catherine C. Catalfamo, Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County

Storming Babylon: Civil    War Soldiers of    African    Descent in Indiana County. Nicolene Cravotta, Historian and Retired Teacher 

Exhibit:    A Day in the Life of an Enslaved    Child. Denise Jennings-Doyle, Homer Center Historical Society

The Demography of Black Appalachia. William Turner, Berea College; Melissa Fry Konty, Indiana University Southeast

 ‘My leaders are black’ and Other Folk Expressions: Understanding Folk Terms in Rural Appalachian Health Care Delivery. Laurence Kruckman, IUP; Carolyn White Meriter, Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

Race and Literature. John Widner, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
   
The Placing of Appalachia in August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle. Anissa Wardi, Chatham University

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Ethnic Diversity    and Interdependence in    the Other Appalachias of Betsey     Chamberlain, Rebecca Harding Davis, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. William Kelley Woolfitt, Pennsylvania    State University

That Little River    Town in     Ohio: Toni Morrison’s Sula as an Appalachian Novel. Angie LaGrotteria, Emory University

Fostering a Language of    Economic Diversity and    a Politics of Hope in Eastern Kentucky. Amanda Fickey, University of Kentucky

A Demographic Examination of African Americans in Northern Appalachia. Wilburn Hayden, York University


36th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: Communities in Action, Landscapes in Change. Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, March 22-24, 2013

Outcasts Among Outcasts: Russian Mennonite Missionaries Serving Blacks in Rural Appalachia. Marty Tschetter, Appalachian State University

Melungeon Identity: What does it Mean? Tammy Stachowicz, Davenport University

A Museum with Community Walls: Establishing an African American Museum in Northeast Georgia. Audrey Rosser Milo and Audrey Davenport, Clemson University

The ‘Obama’ Factor: What the Presidential Elections of 2008 and 2012 Reveal about Race, Religion, and Politics in Central Appalachia and America. Rebecca Adkins Fletcher, Ohio University Southern 

Locating Black Appalachians from the 2010 Census. Wilburn Hayden, York University

Two Historical Communities in Western North Carolina: The Kingdom of the Happy Land, an African-American Post-Civil War Experiment, and The Lost ‘Tribe’ of Chimney Rock, a Mediacreated Phenomenon. Connie J. Aiken, Blue Ridge Community College

Single Voice, Multiple Voices: Frank X Walkers’ Decisions in Reclaiming an African American Poetic Voice in Buffalo Dance and When Winter Come. Forrest Yerman, Independent Scholar

Demography of Blacks in Appalachia, 1980-2012. William H. Turner. Prairie View A&M, Melissa Fry, Indiana University Southeast; Ron D. Eller, University of Kentucky

The Junaluska Heritage Association: A Black Appalachian Community Studies its History. Susan E. Keefe, Appalachian State University; Lynn Patterson, Roberta Jackson, Carolyn Grimes, and Sandra Hagler, Junaluska Heritage Association

Fabulachia: Urban, Black Female Students’ Adaptation and Higher Education in Rural Kentucky. Stephanie Troutman, Berea College


37th Annual Appalachian Studies Conference: New Appalachia: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities. Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, March 28-30, 2014
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Gathering around the Table: Food and Developing of a Sense of Community among African Americans in Southern Appalachia. Darin Waters, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Melungeon Scholarship: Known Realities and Imagined Possibilities. Tammy Stachowicz, Davenport University

The Johnson Family. Tammy Stachowicz, Davenport University

View of a Legend. Joanne Pezzullo: When Melungeon Studies Met Its Waterloo. Darlene Wilson
 
Social Movements and Melungeons Today. William Isom, Hands Off Appalachia

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Globalization and the Performative Expressions and Reception of Affrilachian Identity. Anna R. Terman, Pennsylvania State University

The Teacher. Michael A. Youngren and Mel Hoover, Charleston Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Papers. Race and Ethnicity. LeAnne Olson, Mountwest Community College

African American and Native American Nurses in Appalachia, 1900-1965. Phoebe A. Pollitt, Appalachian State University

End-of-life Care and Rural African Americans: A Study of Barriers and Solutions. Aaron N. Hemlepp, Marshall University

Folk Revival, Racial Stereotyping, and Community Dance Traditions. Susan Spalding, Berea College

Not to transform a culture, but to perpetuate it: The Role of Whiteness in the Desegregation of Schools in Chattooga County, Georgia. Sarah M. Widincamp, University of North Georgia

Race Relations in Early West Virginia Coal Company Towns. Robert Carl DeMuth, Indiana University –Bloomington

Carolina Chocolate Drops and Regional Concerts Invigorate Cultural Sustainability. Shawn Terrell, Appalachian State University

African American Studies in Appalachia: Teaching Literature about Slavery and Jim Crow along the Mason-Dixon Line. Sandra M. Cox, Shawnee State University

The Grapevine Telegraph’ and Cross-Fertilization: The antebellum Black Experience at White Sulphur Springs, VA. Cicero M. Fain III, College of Southern Maryland

Short Film: Faces of Discrimination: African Americans in Eastern Kentucky

The Shadow of America: Living in District Twelve. Thomas L. Browning, University of Pikeville
 

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