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Virtual First Friday: The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns, with Dr. William Turner

Title: Virtual First Friday: The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns, with Dr. William Turner

Start: August 5, 2022, 12:00 pm

End: August 5, 2022, 1:00 pm

Location: (virtual) Zoom*

Cost: FREE for KHS members, $5 for non-members

KHS joins Dr. William H. Turner to share “an intimate remembrance” of Black life in company towns in and around Harlan County, Kentucky, during the coal industry’s final post-WWII boom years.  Turner reveals the diversity of Appalachia, where families made difficult choices for the future amid the national civil rights movement.

Dr. William H. Turner was raised in Lynch, Kentucky, where his grandfathers, father, four uncles, and older brother worked as coal miners.  He earned a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky, and a M.S. and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Turner served as a research associate to Roots author Alex Haley, and a is faculty member at Winston-Salem State University, Kentucky State University, Berea College, and Prairie View A&M University.

*TECHNOLOGY: This virtual event will take place via Zoom, an online meeting platform. For optimal experience, guests should connect using a device with a screen, a speaker, and a keyboard. (A web-enabled camera is also nice, but not necessary.) To accommodate guests without access to this technology, a phone number will be provided at registration to dial in and listen to the presentation from any landline or mobile phone. Need help using Zoom? Check out this short video. You can also contact us at KHSeducation@ky.gov or call 502-782-8112.

Once you register, you will receive information on how to connect. Registration deadline is 10 am on the day of the event.

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