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Do Black Lives Matter in Appalachia?

Our first Freedom Stories public discussion posing the critical question, “Do Black lives matter in Appalachia?” including performance from National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellow and co-founder of the National Association of Black Storytellers, Mama Linda Goss, and conversation with Alona Norwood, founding member of the New Generation Freedom Fighters; Dr. Sandra Weissinger, Profession of sociology and author from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; Dr. William Turner, renowned Black Appalachian scholar and author; Dr. Darin Waters, Assistant Professor of History and Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Community Outreach and Engagement at University of North Carolina Asheville; and Dr. Elwood Watson, author and Professor of History and African American Studies at East Tennessee State University.

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Dr. Sandra Weissinger, PhD
Dr. Weissinger is Associate Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She also currently serves as Director for the Department of Sociology Graduate Program at Southern Illinois University where...


Dr. Elwood Watson, PhD
Dr. Elwood Watson is Professor of History, Gender Studies and African American Studies. He has published numerous articles about race, gender, higher education, popular culture and American culture in national...


Dr. Darin J. Waters, PhD
Dr. Darin J. Waters is an Associate Professor of History and Director of Community Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches courses in American history,...


Dr. William H. Turner, PhD
Harlan County, Kentucky native; consultant to non-profits serving marginalized communities; and Director of Education for the Appalachian African American Cultural Center, Bill is the fifth of 10 children, born in...


Alona Norwood
Alona Norwood, age 21, was born in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Alona currently resides in Johnson City, Tennessee where she is active in community protests and continues her work with several grassroots...


Mama Linda Goss
Born in Alcoa, Tennessee, currently, Mama Linda Goss is the storyteller ambassador for the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland and the storyteller-in-residence at the Peale Center....

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