||Fred Johnson and Jean Donohue|
Debunking the stereotype of Appalachia as a whites-only culture was one of the purposes behind the
adoption of the term "Affrilachian" in 1991 by Frank X Walker and other Kentucky
African-American poets. In "Coal Black Voices," these talented Kentucky writers offer
intimate insights into life in Appalachia and the American South through poems, stories, and images.
Their works celebrate their rural roots while drawing upon traditions such as the Harlem Renaissance,
the Black Arts movement, and experiences of the African diaspora.
This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage
Writer-in-Residence program. Consulting Producer Frank X Walker, Appalachian Heritage
Writer-in-Residence. Discussion led by Dr. Sylvia Shurbutt, Professor of English and Modern
Languages at Shepherd University.
About Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence
Frank X Walker.
Other background on the film.