Appalachian Center Director Comments on Muslims in the Region

islamic-centerChristopher Green, director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College and an associate professor of Appalachian Studies, was interviewed for a recent article published by Al Jazeera America. The article centered on the growing population of Muslim Americans in the Appalachian region and the welcome they have experienced from their local neighbors. Green, an Appalachian scholar, was quoted about the often-overlooked depth of diversity in the region.

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Tags: Appalachia, diversity, Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.