“Without storytelling, we’d have no roots.”

– Alex Haley, author

Unearthing the
Black heritage of Appalachia

Amplifying the integral stories of

our region’s unique heritage

“The culture of Appalachia is like the region
itself—diverse in its traditions, people, and ethnic groups.”

–Alicestyne Turley, PhD. Freedom Stories Project Director

“When there is story-telling,
there is story-listening.”

“Without storytelling,
we’d have no roots.”

–Alex Haley, author

When there is story-telling there is Story-listening!

Unearthing the
Black heritage
of Appalachia

Awesome discussion—helps me begin to understand the changes needed.”

Amplifying the integral
stories of our region’s
unique heritage

Wonderful panel
and amazing
storytelling!

“The culture of Appalachia is
like the region itself—diverse
in its traditions, people,
and ethnic groups.”

–Alicestyne Turley, PhD.
Freedom Stories Project Director

“The culture of Appalachia is like the region itself—diverse in its traditions, people, and ethnic groups.”

“When there is
story-telling, there
is story-listening.”

This has been a beautiful conversation and understanding of an important story. Thank you!”

Freedom Stories

Unearthing the Black Heritage of Appalachia

Freedom Stories

Unearthing the Black Heritage of Appalachia

Freedom Stories: Unearthing the Black Heritage of Appalachia is an ongoing series that marries performance and discussion, connecting prominent Black storytellers, humanities scholars, and community leaders with the public to trace this rich history and highlight the role that face-to-face storytelling has played in both African and Appalachian experience—from the first African arrivals in these mountains, to the shaping of a distinct culture, to the ongoing struggles for freedom and equality. This project is funded by the National Endowment of the Humanities.

Join us Saturday, May 8 from 1-2:30pm (Eastern) for our next public discussion, “Are We There Yet? Continuing the Civil Rights Movement.” We will hear from community activists, thought leaders, and master storytellers as we continue to engage in these important dialogues. As always, this event is free and open to the public, streaming live to ISC Facebook timeline. We also invite you to explore recordings of past discussions available on our Freedom Stories Resources page.

Don’t have Facebook? Don’t worry! You can still watch by clicking this ISC Facebook link, and selecting “Not now” when prompted to create an account.

Access discussion recordings, slideshows, reports, infographics, and more.
Learn more about Freedom Stories scholars, storytellers, civic leaders, and partner organizations.

Freedom Stories is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Have you been able to attend a virtual Freedom Stories discussion? If so, we would appreciate your feedback! As part of this project, we are partnering with the National Humanities Alliance to document the impact of the Freedom Stories initiative. Your feedback is very important in this regard, so we invite you to complete the survey by clicking here. Responses are voluntary and confidential—but letting us know your thoughts is vital to helping us understand the impact of this program. Thank you!

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