Coal Black Voices
is an intimate mosaic of images, poetry, and storytelling by the
Affrilachian Poets as they give glimpses of life in the American
Black South and Appalachian region. The ensemble of African-American
writers challenge simple notions of an all white Appalachian region
and culture while drawing on traditions such as the Harlem Renaissance,
the Black Arts Movement, and experiences of the African Diaspora.
The poetry of the Affrilachian Poets celebrates their African heritage
and rural roots while encompassing themes of racism and Black identity.
In this documentary they give voice to the pleasures of family,
land, good food, artistic community, music and transformation.
Coal Black Voices was produced with support from the KET Fund for
Independent Production, The Wexner Center Media Arts Program, The Ohio
State University, Kentucky Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, Kentucky
Humanities Council, Ohio Humanities Council and Media Working Group.