Place Maker

Enkeshi el-Amin

While pursuing her doctorate at UT, Enkeshi el-Amin fell in love with Knoxville’s Black culture and history. Now she’s staying to help nurture it.

Appalachian Chorus

'Appalachian Reckoning'

In response to J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy,’ regional writers stake a claim to political and cultural diversity in the Southern mountains.

‘We’re Here’

Black in Appalachia Farnsworth

With ‘Black in Appalachia,’ William Isom and East Tennessee PBS are filling in missing pieces of the region’s reductive narrative.