“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.” ~ Paul, Philippians 4:8
Today, I got to do something cool that I rarely get to do. I attended a community workshop for a new oral history project in London, Kentucky. The project is being spearheaded by Appalachian Center Associate Director Kathryn Engle (above) and director of the Laurel County African American Heritage Center, Wayne Riley (not pictured). The first phase of the project looks at the African American community in the tri-county area around London as part of a larger project focusing on the race riots of the 1910’s in Corbin, Kentucky. Kathryn and I have been working with an intern from Berea College on the project who’s splitting time between our two departments. We also share the talents of PhD student Emma Kiser (below). During the last few months I’ve gotten to know both ladies much better. Not only was today’s event an important first step for the project, but we three shared a few laughs along the way, which is always a plus in my world. It was a truly excellent day, start to finish. I’m excited about the project and the lives that can be touched by the group’s good work, and I’m especially grateful for the meaningful, honest conversations that we shared with a community of volunteers. I look forward to a lot more laughs with these two.