Like many injustices Black newspapers fought head-on, solutions arose only when the Black press first drew attention to them. A look at the West Virginia Beacon Digest and the Charleston Sternwheel Regatta.
RE/PRINT: ‘Almost Heaven ’Til We Get There’: Black Miners and Blair Mountain
"I’m a sixth-generation West Virginian. My children are seventh-generation. My generational claim to Appalachia is subversive. It talks back to cavalier anti-Black stories of poor white redneck hillbillies and to the white people who claim an entire region as their own."
SOCIAL/MEDIA: ‘Wait. Doug Reynolds said what about what on Twitter?!?’
The word 'gobsmacked' should be used sparingly. It derives from the Irish/Scottish word for mouth — 'gob' — so might be transliterated as 'smacked in the mouth.' But in slang usage it means to be flabbergasted, astounded or made speechless. I am sure I wasn't the only West Virginian gobsmacked by a tweet posted by HD Media headman, Doug Reynolds
BLACK HISTORY 2: ‘Rosa Parks’ feet did not hurt’
The actual story of the stalwart moment Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of an Alabama bus in 1955 was far more powerful than a supposed frail, tired old Black lady sitting where she shouldn't.