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African Americans in Appalachia

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Frank X Walker

Frank X. Walker. (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths, courtesy of www.frankxwalker.com.)

Frank X. Walker, associate professor of English at the University of Kentucky and author of many books of poetry, including Affrilachia (2000) and Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York (2003), coined the term "Affrilachian" to describe African Americans who live in the Appalachian region. He has stated that it is his "responsibility to say as loudly and as often as possible that people and artists of color are part of the past and present of the multi-state Appalachian region extending from northern Mississippi to southern New York." (www.frankxwalker.com/about.htm)

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