Good storytelling strengthens social movements
I was brought up in mountainous West Virginia, the only state in the US that’s completely within Appalachia. It is also one of the nation’s poorest regions. I grew up surrounded by racism, poverty, anti-intellectualism, and somehow, a conservative love for the status quo. I didn’t understand, and so I left when it came my time to go to college.
In Cleveland, a three-hour drive from the only place I’d ever called home, there was so much room for growth. Within a month I found a job working for an organization that nurtured women and minorities in academic careers, and then I also worked for my school’s office of equal opportunity and diversity. I also joined a council on minorities…
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