BLAC Paper Launch: Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia

Join the Black Appalachian Coalition for the public release of the first BLAC Paper. "Black Storytelling and Policymaking in Appalachia" surveys Black Appalachian communities' historical relationships to policy and infrastructure, merging Black narratives and data to explore the need for Black storytelling as a precondition for sound, equitable policymaking. Registration link:

2022 BLAC Policy Summit

The Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) will host its first policy summit occurring July 22-24, 2022. The inaugural event, being held virtually, will center around the core theme of storytelling as a precondition for policymaking. The multi-day regional summit seeks to amplify Black voices and influence effective, community-centered policies. Summit attendees can participate in the following: Storytelling Workshop: Understand how your story plays a role in shaping and defining policy using story-based strategies and solutions. Policy 101: Comprehend what policymaking entails, how it affects your community, and how to use it to leverage change. Story Mapping: Learn the best practices for how to weave your stories with others to build relationships and a collective narrative of the Black Appalachian experience. The State of Black Appalachia: Take a deeper dive into what’s at stake for Black Appalachia. Build discussion around the unique challenges Black Appalachians still face, the progress made, and how you can make a difference in your community. Admission to the summit is free! The summit takes place Friday, July 22nd from 6-8 p.m., Saturday, July 23rd from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, July 24th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Register at

What is Justice40?

  Join ReImagine Appalachia Faith in Action, the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC), and the Evangelical Environmental Network on March 9th to learn about Environmental Justice and the White House’s new Justice40 Initiative.   What do Appalachian communities need to know about this new initiative? How does it impact funding coming to our communities? To register, click here.

BLAC Strategy Summit

Please join Bishop Marcia and the Black Appalachian Coalition- BLAC on May 2-3, 2023 for BLAC's first strategy planning summit: “Voices of the People -- Planning the BLAC Agenda." Register today: Your voice is needed! Please join us and share with other interested people too! PLEASE NOTE: To build solidarity, all are welcome. Non-black people are welcome to join this summit and help us with this important work.

BLAC Policy Summit

BLAC is excited to host our 2nd annual BLAC Policy Summit July 14-16, 2023. The virtual summit will seek to amplify Black voices and influence effective, community-centered policies. If you would like to present at the summit, please email Bishop Marcia.