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COUNTRY ROADS
STAY has recently hired
Mekyah Davis (far right
in second row from back,
in turquoise shirt) as a
co-coordinator working
to include Black people
in the Appalachian
narrative.

STAY Project Turns 12 . . . and It's Here to Stay

I

t's an old story told over and over again in our
mountains: young people leaving for an urban
life of opportunity. Cities are where the jobs
are, where diversity is the norm, where things are
happening.
A group of young Central Appalachians (members range from 14 to 30 years old) is out to change
that narrative. Stay Together Appalachian Youth
seeks "to make our communities places where we

can and want to be," co-Coordinator Lou Murrey
says.
STAY was the result of a 2008 breakout session at
the Appalachian Studies Conference. "Young folks
told us, 'You're not meeting our needs,' Murrey says.
"Young Appalachians are living with the impacts
of long-gone extractive industry and large manufacturing. The roots of the problem are not young
people's fault...but the results affect them greatly.
STAY is about young people coming together
to create change-now."
Murrey herself is about to age out of STAY,
and the group has hired Mekyah Davis as cocoordinator, committing to including Blacks in
the Appalachian narrative.
"Building and maintaining relationship is
our work," Davis says. "Finding joy in our
identities, and connecting with others."
Under the nonprofit umbrella and assistance
of the longstanding Highlander Research and
Education Center, STAY is supported through
donations and grants. For updates or to donate: thestayproject.org.
-JOAN VANNOSDALL

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is pure bliss. Beauty that will take your breath away
and stories of bravery that will leave you speechless.

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