Black By God l The West Virginian


Black By God l The West Virginian



The West Virginia Democratic Black Caucus congratulated these election winners with these photos.

Three on BBG

The Significant Insignificance of Black Maternal Health in West Virginia

Imagine what it’s like to live feeling constantly threatened, insignificant, excluded, stressed or made to feel you’re on the bottom. Chronic stress can come from racism and discrimination, which can increase certain hormones, such as cortisol, which creates the flight or fight response.”Andress told the WV News in 2020.

Story by Crystal Good


Earn To Code: Tuition-free Coding School 

NewForce, Generation West Virginia’s six-month, fully-remote, tuition-free coding school for West Virginia residents, has opened applications for its seventh cohort of students. For the first time, a living stipend ($11/hour for the full length of the program) will be provided to students who demonstrate financial need.

Prospective applicants can learn more at  and register for the information session here.

NewForce applications close on Nov. 26.

Read the story

The First Black Newspaper In West Virginia 

William Calvin Chase of the Washington Bee praises publisher George Washington Welcome of West Virginia

Read the story

Dignity in the Workplace

Workers strike leaders meet again

Fifty years ago, Hollie Brown, center, led striking city workers on a march from Capitol Street to City Hall with a simple demand: Dignity in the workplace.

Read the Charleston Gazette-Mail story by City Coyne

Survey Says…

( Did you know Steve Harvey, host of Family Feud, is the son of a West Virginia coal miner? )

Sunday in Scotts Run, October 1935, by Ben Shahn

Learn about Historic Scotts Run in West Virginia  and share this survey about traditional arts, skills, and practices of Scotts Run, West Virginia.

Seeking Millennial and Gen Z folks in West Virginia/Appalachia to survey about voting.

Missy Nestor, publisher of The Welch Daily News sent this photo of a new reader in McDowell County.

Publisher’s Note

BBG distributed our election issue to thousands of West Virginia homes via US mail. We delivered thousands to our usual spots (Black businesses, coffee shops, colleges/universities, churches etc..) and in Baltimore!   

I was in Baltimore being honored, along with other “tellers,” at the National Black Storytellers Conference as a Black Appalachian Storytelling Fellow. There I told my West Virginia stories including how BBG got its name, my Granny Lee-own, who was a tough resilient moonshining West Virginia woman and Bricktop! BBG made lots of new friends and supporters.  I made new friends too – like the legendary storyteller Illene Evans who was my gracious host and conference liaison. 

On my way back to West Virginia I visited The National Museum of African American History in DC with Bluefield native and Howard University Law senior, the talented Cherkera Ervin. 

Chakera and I talked about the fate of the Crown Bill and the abundance of West Virginia connections at Howard. I’m hoping Charkera will make it home for Black Policy Day on February 15, 2023.  I’m hoping you too will save the date as we enter into the era of Republican supermajority. 

We have so much work to do.  

Last Tuesday, the West Virginia Republican majority increased from 78 to 88 delegates in the House (out of 100) and from 23 to 30 senators (out of 34) in the Senate.  Republicans now comprise 88 percent of the West Virginia Legislature.  Sixteen percent of the West Virginia Democrats in the House are BLACK!! Even though that’s two people, it’s impressive. Congratulations to Delegates Walker and Hornbuckle on re-election.

West Virginia was primarily a Democratic state within the last decade. Now, Republicans expect West Virginia may well be Republican for the next two or three generations. 

For the record, I’m an Independant. 

Some things give me hope in the harsh realities of West Virginia living and one of those is WV Can’t Wait.  Just scroll through their winners for some small joys. The other is our BBG readers.

Thank you!

— Crystal


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