Our Statement in Support of Black Lives
Statement of Unity and Harmony
The Appalachian African-American Cultural Center stands in unity with people across the globe who are promoting the transformation of America's fundamentally prejudicial criminal justice system. In addition to being horrified by the killings of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other members of Black communities across America by police officers, we firmly believe and adhere to the position that charity begins at home, that we must think globally and act locally.
As the premier center for issues of black history, culture, leadership, equity, and justice in the Central Appalachian region, it is imperative that we bring together our partners and activate our mission to speak out about bias, inequality, and injustices in our community, state, and region.
We are expanding and developing our programming that aims to dismantle white supremacy, eradicate systemic oppression, and reduce the racial disparities that exist in Central Appalachia in terms of housing, health care, education, entrepreneurship, and other quality of life factors. In our effort to enhance equity, foster justice for all, and honor the historical role of African Americans in Appalachia in the fight for justice in America, we will continue to stand with all who fight to end institutionalized hatred and bigotry. We intend to take concrete steps to eradicate prejudice, eliminate bias, and call upon our supporters to join us to stamp out racism, oppression, and discrimination throughout Central Appalachia, our nation, and the world.