Black By God l The West Virginian


Black By God l The West Virginian


Introducing a New BBG Column

By Sheila Coleman Castells

Welcome to my monthly feature, “The State of the Black Child in West Virginia”.  The purpose of this opinion piece is to investigate and inform all West Virginians, Black or not, of how we Black citizens of this state are faring, regarding the state of our educational progresses and experiences.  However, if I am honest, the questions I ask of the Educational system and of ourselves, as citizens, can also apply to anyone who is poor and marginalized, regardless of race.  However, my focus here is to shine a light on what is happening to Black students in our state, and how we, the Black citizens of this 35th state, can change this deleterious paradigm for our children and grandchildren.

Get to know Sheila

Three on BBG

Podcast Provides A New Voice For The People

From abortion to prison reform, podcast is building conversation from West Virginia to North Carolina

Listen to The Double OG Podcast

Fashion Buzz: Back to School with Jayli Phillips

See the top trends for kids

Take Control Of Your Money 

BBG is on a mission to educate our communities on the history of income inequalities and connect them to financial services and financial literacy programs

Visit the Coin section on BBG

Want to Help Shape the Future of West Virginia?

WV New Jobs Coalition has FOUR opportunities available to lead West Virginia communities through a visioning process – lifting the voices of community members and helping them to lead work in the place they call home.

Check out the job descriptions and how to apply

Three to Read

Amid Threats, Danielle Walker, West Virginia’s Only Black Female Lawmaker, Stood Up for Abortion

Read the Washington Post story

Huntington Woman Remembered as a Trailblazer

Joan “Kitty” Mariece Chappelle helped pave the way for women of color in law enforcement in West Virginia. She was one of the first Black female lieutenants in the state, and the only Black woman to be employed by the Cabell County Sheriff’s Department.

Read the Herald-Dispatch story by Xena Bunton

Coronation Opens West Virginia Black Heritage Festival in Clarksburg

Story from WV News by Jonathan Weaver

Publisher’s Note

I’m recovered from COVID and am cleared to get on the road.  

I’m super excited to meet so many virtual friends IRL over the next few weeks. 

I’m also excited to launch a BBG fundraising email campaign. We are still on track for a special BBG election edition. 

Please reach out of you are interested in advertising rates or have questions about how to contribute. 


Keep Good

~ Crystal 

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Morgantown, WV 26505

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