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ERIC Number: EJ721514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1082-7161
Fighting Racism in Appalachia: A Progress Report from the Grassroots
Osborne, Guy Larry
Journal of Appalachian Studies, v10 n1-2 p143-151 Spr-Fall 2004
A little over ten years ago, Don Manning-Miller (1993) provided a sober assessment of racism's destructive consequences for community organizing in Appalachia. Drawing on his personal experience as an activist and organizer and the results of examining several well-known and respected regional groups, he made the case for racism as not only pervasive throughout the region's white population but also within its progressive, predominately white organizations purporting to work for social justice. So what is the situation in Appalachia ten year later? This author bases his observations and reflections on his own experience as an activist and board member of a small, historically African American group in Jefferson County, Tennessee--Citizens for Justice Equality and Fairness. As a resident of Tennessee for twenty-five years, the author admits that his conclusions and observations may be limited to that geographic area, but he offers them as hypotheses to be tested and corrected as necessary as part of the on-going conversation about race and racism in Appalachia. (Contains 1 table.)
Appalachian Studies Association, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755. Tel: 304-696-2904; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee