Eastern Kentucky Social Club

Photographs by Jabari Guthrie

The Eastern Kentucky Social Club (EKSC) was founded in 1969 by Appalachian families who migrated out of the coalfields to mostly northern cities. This organization, with chapters all over the country, was established to provide continued connection and reunion for families, friends, churches and schools within the Appalachian diaspora.

Black in Appalachia has completed a one hour documentary on the EKSC. Watch Parts 1 - 5 as they're released.

Resources

 

Suggested Books

  • Blacks in Appalachia by William H. Turner, Edward J. Cabbell editors - ISBN: 0-8131-0162-X

  • African Americans Miners & Migrants: Eastern Kentucky Social Club - by Thomas E. Wagner, Philip J. Obermiller - ISBN: 9780252092732

  • Gone Home: Race and Roots through Appalachia - Karida Brown - ISBN: 9781469647036

 Oral Histories & Interviews