Karida Brown is an Assistant Professor of Sociology & African American Studies at UCLA. She is also a member of what she calls the "Eastern Kentucky African-American diaspora," with deep personal ties to Harlan County, where her grandparents lived & much of her extended family still lives. In this episode, Brown discusses her book "Gone Home: Race & Roots Through Appalachia," childhood memories of coming "home" to Lynch, KY, and more.
This episode features stories about health, the economy, and education in Central Appalachia. First, four recent pieces from the Ohio Valley ReSource including WMMT's-own Sydney Bole's fascinating report linking EnerBlu's changing construction plans in Pike County, KY to the murder of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia last fall. Then, from Michael & Carrie Kline, part four in their series exploring race and class in Mount Hope, WV in the 1960s.
In this episode we bring you two stories highlighting how the economic decline here in eastern KY is being talked about at a national level. Then, in honor of Black History Month, this episode wraps up with the third in a six-part series from Michael & Carrie Kline, exploring the history of desegregation in Mount Hope, WV.
For the first episode of our Black History Month series we spoke with State Representative Attica Scott who was elected to represent Kentucky's 41st District in 2016. At the time of her election she became the first Black woman to serve in the KY General Assembly since 2000. Representative Scott talks about how her work as a community organizer, her faith, and her children influence her approach to leadership.