How has the particular culture and history of Appalachia informed Black experiences in Southwest Virginia?

From Black schools to local civil rights, and from labor activism to the displacement of Black communities, the “African American in Appalachia: Black Histories and Memory in Southwest Virginia” panel will explore these topics and more.

The webinar, scheduled for April 13 from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., will feature wide-ranging conversation examining the history and lived experiences of African Americans in the region, and the importance of historic preservation. Click here to register.

Panelists include: Jordan Bell, a Gainsboro community historian; Ron Carson, of the Appalachian African American Cultural Center; Christopher B. Sanchez, executive director of the Christiansburg Institute; Sheree Scarborough, an oral historian of Southwest Virginia Civil Rights; and De’Vonte Tinsley, a Virginia Tech student and great grandson of Reverend Carl T. Tinsley.

The event is sponsored by the Virginia Tech Department of History and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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