|African American coal miners in Lynch, Ky. (Photo by Lynch resident William Turner)|
|Harlan County, Kentucky (Wikipedia)|
University of Kentucky professor and poet Frank X. Walker has a name for African Americans who live in coal country: "Affrilachian." He founded the Affrilachian Poets, which gives African American writers a space to talk about their identities at the intersection of race and geography. Affrilachian poet and West Virginia native Crystal Good told Ockerman that "It’s important now for the people of West Virginia to speak up and show the diversity of the region."