Saturday, January 31, 2009

Come See Appalachian Greens & their Appalachian flag

Belated happy new year, everyone! Just a note to share a link for the APPALACHIAN GREENS blog.  That flag over to the left is the App Greens' very cool Appalachian flag -- designed by Tennessee Jed. What a great design!We look forward to reading the AppGreens blog & hearing from them often. 

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Saturday, October 04, 2008

Vote Green!

Hi folks! It's October 2008 - already(!) and we're gearing up for the election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. We support the truly historic U.S. Green Party presidential campaign of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente, as well as other GP candidates, including Jesse Johnson who's running for governor of West Virginia. How about making a modest donation?

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Monday, August 15, 2005

Girl Dancer
Photo by Marian Douglas unless otherwise noted

Girl Dancer
Photo by Marian Douglas unless otherwise noted

Photo by Marian Douglas unless otherwise noted

Pow Wow Dancers
Photo by Marian Douglas unless otherwise noted

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Pow Wow
Photo by Marian Douglas unless otherwise noted

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Help Save Knoxville College

I just found out East Tennessee's own Knoxville College could use some help. The best sources of info would be the college and the Presbyterian Church USA. Here is KC's link: Knoxville College. And this is from their website: "Knoxville College was founded in 1875 as part of the missionary effort of the United Presbyterian Church of North America to promote religious, moral, and educational leadership among the freed men and women." They mean Black Americans who had been enslaved up until just ten years earlier, so why don't they say it? "Its mission today is a direct outgrowth of the purpose of its founding. Knoxville College opened as a normal school for the training of teachers, but was designated a college in 1877 and Dr. John Schouller McCulloch, who had been a chaplain in the Civil War, was called as the College's first president. The school offered teacher training and full college courses in classics, science, and theology. There were classes in agriculture, industrial arts, and medicine (1895-1900). After the erection of its first building, McKee Hall (the Administration building) in 1876, students helped construct most of the other buildings on campus. Wallace Hall (1891) and McMillan Chapel (1913) were built with student labor. A former student, William Thomas Jones, designed McMillan Chapel. Most of the bricks for these buildings were made by students at the campus brick yard. In 1904, students made and used or sold one million bricks. The College also owned some timberland (give to the school by a former student) which was used for its lumber needs. Since there were so few blacks in the early days who were prepared for higher education, Knoxville College initially offered classes from first grade through college level. The elementary department was discontinued during the 1926-27 school year, and the high school, or academy was dropped in 1931. Between 1902 and 1912, the State of Tennessee contributed to the financial support of the College's agricultural, industrial, and mechanical departments. This arrangement lasted until the State established Tennessee Agricultural and Industrial ..." All of us who are willing have the ability to help Knoxville College survive.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

"Blount Countians say racism must stop" - and I agree

Found this thru the Appalachian Community Fund link which links to the Southern Empowerment Project. My Grandma Maude Gudger was born in Maryville in 1905; she later married a Nichols in Leavenworth, Kansas. On the SEP site - "Blount County Tennessee: Spring 2005: Racist Threats Against Black Students in Schools, Vandalism Against Hispanic Business, Other Incidents. BLOUNT COUNTIANS SAY ENOUGH - THE RACISM MUST STOP!" Check the Southern Empowerment Project.

Monday, May 30, 2005

B.A.M.A.: Sweet Home Alabama

We know Alabama is a-ways from East TN and western NC but we're really liking Sweet Home Alabama by this group BAMA. We caught 'em on the Jeff Foxworthy special on Comedy Central. So check them: Vision Records- BAMA