Amelia Kirby is an Appalachian activist, cultural worker, and small business owner. Most recently, she worked as the communications and development coordinator at the Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center, a nonprofit law firm providing free legal work for people impacted by the extraction industries of the Appalachian coalfields. She worked for eight years as a media producer at community media center Appalshop, where she cofounded and codirected the Thousand Kites and Holler to the Hood projects, as well as the documentary film Up the Ridge. She is also a founder and co-owner of Summit City Lounge, a restaurant/bar/music venue in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
In this week's article, Amelia Kirby treats us to a glimpse into a robust lifetime blending community building and activism from a personal friend of the great organizer, Helen Lewis. Helen Lewis has many honorifics, including Doctors of Divinity and...