Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
Friends and families of victims of a West Virginia mine explosion four years ago are meeting to remember their lost loved ones.
A gathering for those affected by the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster will take place Wednesday afternoon in front of the federal courthouse in Charleston. Saturday is the four-year anniversary of the explosion that killed 29 miners.
According to the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial website, the event will run from noon to 3 p.m.
Massey Energy owned the mine. Former Massey CEO Don Blankenship released a documentary this week disputing that his company was at fault.
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin says he was deceived into appearing in the film. He has demanded his interview be removed and the film be taken off the Internet.