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William H. Turner

William H. Turner, a Harlan County native, is the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian studies at Berea College. A sociologist, his books include Blacks in Appalachia and Black Colleges: Essays on Cultural Legitimacy and Economic Efficiency. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and his master’s degree and doctorate from Notre Dame University.

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  • William Turner, Berea College (#401)

    William H. Turner, the National Endowment for the Humanities Chair in Appalachian studies at Berea College and the author of Blacks in Appalachia, talks about his roots in Appalachia and dispels myths about the region. He also discusses coal mining and mountain-top removal, tourism in Eastern Kentucky, and the rich history of racial harmony at Berea College.