Join us for a presentation and discussion with Dr. Karida Brown. The event is free and open to the public.
More information TBA.
Also join us for a book discussion series discussing Dr. Brown's Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia leading up to her visit to campus! The book club kickoff events will be held Monday, February 20th at 6:00 pm (Zoom) and Thursday, February 23rd at 3:30 pm (at the Appalachian Center).
Discussion 1 | Week of February 27th (Zoom and in-person options)
Discussion 2 | Week of March 20th (Zoom and in-person options)
Gone Home: Race and Roots Through Appalachia
Description from UNC Press: Since the 2016 presidential election, Americans have witnessed countless stories about Appalachia: its changing political leanings, its opioid crisis, its increasing joblessness, and its declining population. These stories, however, largely ignore black Appalachian lives. Karida L. Brown’s Gone Home offers a much-needed corrective to the current whitewashing of Appalachia. In telling the stories of African Americans living and working in Appalachian coal towns, Brown offers a sweeping look at race, identity, changes in politics and policy, and black migration in the region and beyond. Drawn from over 150 original oral history interviews with former and current residents of Harlan County, Kentucky, Brown shows that as the nation experienced enormous transformation from the pre- to the post-civil rights era, so too did black Americans. In reconstructing the life histories of black coal miners, Brown shows the mutable and shifting nature of collective identity, the struggles of labor and representation, and that Appalachia is far more diverse than you think.
Dr. Brown’s visit and the book club are made possible through the new Miriam Jane Van Dyke Barager Endowment for Diversity and Inclusion and through our generous co-sponsors the Appalachian Center; the Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies; the Department of Sociology; the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment Office of Diversity; and the Graduate School.