Coal Black Voices

Director:   Fred Johnson and Jean Donohue
Year:   2001
Language:   English
Time:   54 minutes

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.

Not rated.

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.