A film brings to life the experiences and contributions of African Americans to Appalachian culture.
It is a story told by those who have lived it and produced by those who desire to preserve it. Few American stories are as remarkable as the ones shared by Black Appalachians. This film celebrates the trailblazers who fought the good fight for decades, and those carrying the torch today.
The Black Appalachian documentary team travels to five states to capture the stories of those who have been forgotten and marginalized, as well as those who have achieved great success—despite being a minority in one of the most unique places in America. Viewers learn that this region is full of diverse voices contributing to the culture of Appalachia through music, politics, education, athletics, leadership, economic development, history, business, culinary arts, and plain old blue-collar grit.
The Black Appalachian is directed and produced by Adam Dickson, Supervisor of the Langston Centre in Johnson City, TN; Frederick Murphy, the founder of History Before Us, LLC, a project centered on capturing, preserving, and advocating for influential history; and Josh Mancuso, filmmaker, actor, and entrepreneur. Fifty percent of all profits from the film will be donated to black cultural institutions throughout Appalachia.
For more details, please visit www.theblackappalachian.com.