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William Turner, Berea College (#401)

Turner discusses his childhood in Lynch, a coal town in Harlan County. Contrary to popular belief, he says, there was actually a very diverse population in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky after World War II and a sense of racial and ethnic equality encouraged by the United Mine Workers. Turner says that Appalachians must begin shaping their own image in order to fight off negative stereotypes. According to Turner, one organization that is already doing just that is Appalshop, which produces original Appalachian films, theater, music, books, and many other arts projects.

Turner, who earned his doctorate from Notre Dame and taught at the University of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983, also discusses his own current projects, including an update of his 1985 book, Blacks in Appalachia, and his work as co-editor of a new issue of the quarterly Appalachian Heritage. He began teaching at Berea College in 2007.

Air Dates

Friday, September 5, 2008 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET