Front Porch Politics: GOP Attacks on Appalachian Campus DEI Efforts Are About More than Universities

I became president of the Outlet Alliance, our version of what was then popularly known as a gay-straight alliance, my freshman year at Western Kentucky University. I held this position for three semesters before concentrating on my role in the Student Government Association.  In my capacity as the SGA Director […]

Photo Essay: Exploring Trans and Queer Identity through Appalachian, Christian Iconography

As a queer and gender-nonconforming person navigating life in a region deeply entrenched in Christianity, I find myself straddling two worlds. While I don’t hold any religious beliefs, I cannot deny the profound impact that Appalachian and Deep Southern Christianity have on the queer experience. Not only is religion pitted […]

From Flooding to Fires: Appalachia’s Recreation Industry Faces Climate Change Challenges

The impacts of climate change are steadily and exponentially being felt here in Appalachia just as they have across the globe, and environmental activists, scientists and outdoor enthusiasts alike find themselves in a race to counter the climate curve in the region.  The discussions in some communities, however, have shifted […]

Benjamin Clemente, a volunteer with experience in food handling, poses for a portrait before serving lunch at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church's Neighborhood SHOP on Friday, May 5, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Clemente, who is originally from Massachusetts, said he began volunteering at Bream two months ago. The Neighborhood SHOP offers a variety of services, including a shower program, food pantry, clothing closet, laundry machines, locker storage, and warm meals, to individuals in need. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

In One Community, Faith-based Services Fill the Gaps When Government Can’t – or Won’t

On a Friday afternoon, the washers and dryers run nonstop at Bream Memorial Presbyterian Church, in Charleston, West Virginia. Three bright-white tiled shower rooms line one wall. MREs – Meals Ready-to-Eat – sit on shelves behind a small wooden reception […]

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Sunshine illuminates the streets of Elk City on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Charleston, West Virginia. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

Gentrification or Revitalization? Investment on the West Side a ‘Litmus Test’ for Inclusive Economic Development

Depending on who you ask, the development of the Elk City district on the West Side of Charleston, West Virginia, is either “gentrification” or “revitalization” – though some will say both.  Karen Williams, a lifelong Charleston resident who grew up […]

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Rev. Matthew J. Watts poses for a portrait at Grace Bible Church on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, in the West Side community of Charleston, West Virginia. Watts, who is from Mount Hope, West Virginia, earned his education in engineering at the West Virginia Institute of Technology and worked as a civil engineer at Union Carbide before he felt ÒcalledÓ to ministry in 1996. This year marks his 27th at Grace Bible Church. Photo: Lexi Browning/100 Days in Appalachia

Federal COVID Money Could Help Solve One Largely Black Community’s Complex Problems. W.Va. Leaders Invested it Elsewhere.

Karen Williams’ father, Charles Price, was the first Black graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Law, one of two land grant institutions in the state. His office once sat on Court Street, in Charleston, West Virginia’s Triangle District. As […]

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James is one of the main characters of "O Pioneer!" "He has an ability to listen and really hear your words and then let those words reflect upon his understanding of his relationship with God and religion," filmmaker Clara Lehmann said. Photo: Provided

Meet the Filmmakers of ‘O, Pioneer!’, A Documentary Exploring Life in Appalachia During the Pandemic

We primeval forests felling,We the rivers stemming, vexing we, and piercing deep the mines within;We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving, Pioneers! O pioneers! – Stanza 7 from Pioneers! O Pioneers by Walt Whitman When we hear […]

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The Grandview Overlook in the New River Gorge National Park offers scenic views like this one of the horseshoe bend. Photo: Colleen Kelly/100 Days in Appalachia

Ready for a Road Trip? A Guide to the Sights & Bites of Central, Southern Appalachia

This summer, our Pittsburgh family took a long-awaited bucket list road trip through Appalachia. We had recently spent 18 months driving the Pan American highway, and while it was an epic journey, the need to deeply explore our roots kept […]

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Front Porch Politics: GOP Attacks on Appalachian Campus DEI Efforts Are About More than Universities

I became president of the Outlet Alliance, our version of what was then popularly known as a gay-straight alliance, my […]

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The East Boone Listening Room. Photo: Sydney Everett/sydneygailphotography.com

In North Carolina, A Sanctuary for Local Songwriters Emerges: The East Boone Listening Room

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Friday night in Boone, North Carolina, and a hush falls over the East Boone Listening […]

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Once again Nakiya (Nyx) Bell is surrounded by a haze on the river which runs along a deep forest. They hold their braided hair up which follows the lines of her arms and shoulders. Photo: Isa McMullen/For 100 Days in Appalachia

Photo Essay: Exploring Trans and Queer Identity through Appalachian, Christian Iconography

As a queer and gender-nonconforming person navigating life in a region deeply entrenched in Christianity, I find myself straddling two […]

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From Flooding to Fires: Appalachia’s Recreation Industry Faces Climate Change Challenges

The impacts of climate change are steadily and exponentially being felt here in Appalachia just as they have across the […]

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What My Appalachian Roots Taught Me About Union Organizing

Growing up less than a mile away from the site of the 1892 Homestead strike in Pittsburgh, a steadfast union […]

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Front Porch Politics: An Alabama Democrat’s Roadmap for Defeating Trumpism in Appalachia

You may not have felt it, but last week, Appalachia experienced a political earthquake. The epicenter is Huntsville, Alabama, where […]

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