Emory & Henry College Kicks off Black History Month Celebration

Posted by Emily Bishop
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Emory & Henry College will kick off its month-long celebration of Black History with featured speaker Dr. William “Bill” H. Turner. His talk will take place at the Van Dyke Center on the Emory Campus in the Board of Visitors Lounge on Wednesday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

Dr. Turner will discuss his new book: The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns. He proudly represents the legacies of Black history and storytelling he learned from his mentors - Alex Haley, C. Eric Lincoln, John Hope Franklin, and Loyal Jones, the longtime head of Appalachian Studies at Berea College who penned the Foreword to The Harlan Renaissance.

Dr. Turner was born in the coal town of Lynch, Kentucky, in Harlan County. As an academic, he is best known for his ground-breaking research on African-American communities in Appalachia.

“We are excited about Dr. Turner’s work,” said John Holloway, VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “Often when the general public thinks about coal mining communities, rarely is there acknowledgment of the experiences and struggles of the African American families in Appalachia.”

The book was recently nominated for the prestigious Weatherford Award, and in his nomination, Dr. Jim Gifford, President of the Jesse Stuart Foundation, called The Harlan Renaissance “one of the most important books about Appalachia to appear in the past 50 years.”

Seating is limited and masks are required.

  • Dr. William “Bill” H. Turner
“We are excited about Dr. Turner’s work,” said John Holloway, VP for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “Often when the general public thinks about coal mining communities, rarely is there acknowledgement of the experiences and struggles of the African American families in Appalachia.”

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Van Dyke Center

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2178-new-leadership-program-at-emory-henry-college"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.jpg" alt="Greg McMillan ?90, VP for Advancement, E&H; Rev. Sharon Bowers, Director of the Inclusion " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/116/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2136/10775_DEI_Holston_Check-30.rev.1643820875.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2136" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2178-new-leadership-program-at-emory-henry-college">New Leadership Program at Emory & Henry College: Receives $50,000 Gift from Holston Foundation</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"> Students in the region will now have a new opportunity to develop key leadership skills in the area of diversity, equity, inclusion, civic engagement and social justice at Emory & Henry College due to a generous gift of $50,000 from the Holston Foundation. <a href="/live/news/2178-new-leadership-program-at-emory-henry-college" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>