Join us for our monthly community meeting! Come learn how you can get involved with issues relating to race and equality in the Tri-county area. As we get closer to the centennial of the Corbin race riot, we will be planning an event to raise awareness about this somewhat forgotten historical event.
As part of the "Appalachian Forum" series, the UK Appalachian Center will host a film screening and discussion with filmmaker, William Isom, Director of the "Black in Appalachia" project. Isom will be screening "Knoxville's Red Summer: Riot of 1919" on Monday, October 28, 2019 at 5:00 pm. The screening will be held at the William T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium. There will be a reception open to all UK students, faculty, staff and open to the community with free food to follow the event at the UK Appalachian Center - 624 Maxwelton Court.
On August 1st, we will be screening the documentary “Banished: The Ethnic Cleansing of Blacks in America” by Marco Williams, followed by a community conversation.
The LCAAHC is beginning the “African Americans in the Tri-County Area Oral History Project.” Join us for a community oral history training to learn how to conduct oral history interviews. Stipends are available for community members to conduct interviews. This training is sponsored by the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, the UK Nunn Center for Oral History, and the UK Appalachian Center.
African Americans in the Tri-County Area Oral History Project
This project seeks to explore, document, and share African American experiences in southeastern Kentucky, especially Knox, Laurel, and Whitley Counties. Oral history interviews will give insight into the lives and contributions of African Americans in the Tri-County area. A research team of the project co-directors, community researchers, and project consultants will work together through the Laurel County African American Heritage Center to conduct oral histories in order to highlight diverse voices in the community and broaden the narrative about the history of the area.
Join us for an evening of open conversation, and find out more about how you can get involved with our mission to promote racial justice in Corbin and beyond. This meeting will be held at the Corbin Middle School Library. We are planning a series of events and educational opportunities in the coming weeks and would love for you to be involved.
Check out our website at: https://www.corbinracialjustice.com/
Email: CorbinRacialJusticeInitiative@gmail.com with any questions.
[UK] Talking About the Black Experience in Kentucky: A Conversation with Historian Dr. George Wright
Talking About the Black Experience in Kentucky- Why is it urgent to have this conversation now? Join Dr. George Wright, noted author and incoming Visiting Professor of History at the University of Kentucky, for an interactive webinar exploring the Black experience in Kentucky in dialogue with Judi Jennings and Sharyn Mitchell.
For more information, please contact CorbinRacialJusticeInitiative@gmail.com
From the event: “Ijeoma Oluo will lead an informal discussion, over pizza, about her book, “So You Want to Talk About Race.” Free copies of her book will be available for pick-up at the CESJ offices (351 POT) and the MLK Center (Student Center Room A230) beginning January 30th, 2019. “
From Appalshop: “Evelyn Williams is a portrait of a woman who is many things: a coal miner’s daughter and wife; a domestic worker and mother of nine; a college student in her 50s and community organizer; an Appalachian African American. Above all, she is a woman whose awareness of class and race oppression has led her to a lifetime of activism. Now in her 80s, she is battling to save her land in eastern Kentucky from destruction by a large oil and gas firm. “
From Facebook: We are Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day. THEME: Women in Action in their Communities. The day is filled with activities for children 18 and under, photo booth, activities for all ages, music, a march, and speakers, and end the day with a meal.
From Facebook: Like every community in America, Corbin has a difficult relationship with race. Through this film screening, we hope to bring folks together to learn about Kentucky's anti-racist organizing history and talk about what we can do individually and collectively put a stop to racism in our communities.