Let Freedom Ride

Black Voters Matter Making History In West Virginia! And BBG too.

The Freedom Rides for Voting Rights Bus Tour will be in Charleston, WV, on Thursday, June 24, with a handoff in Beckley, WV, to engage Black voters and build Black voting power across the South.

At each stop on the bus tour, riders will join in to rally, mobilize, and learn the history of the original Freedom Riders and voting rights. Please support this event full of history and faith teachings, music, speakers, and much more.


Our deepest condolences are with the only Black female Delegate in West Virginia and one of our contributors Del. Walker, D-Monongalia, her family and friends.

She lost her son, Demetry Walker, on this Juneteenth of leukemia. He would have been 24 on June 24th.

We encourage you to support a blood drive is in his honor Thursday, June 24th, at the WV Capitol from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday is the same day the WV legislature will be conducting a special session at 11 am.

Demetry Walker was kept alive by blood transfusions. He was also helping organize a blood drive scheduled for July in Morgantown as The Red Cross has been experiencing blood supply shortages across the region.

Appointments aren’t required but are encouraged: RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).



CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS

Black By God’s Inaugural Juneteenth Charleston Edition Is Now Available!!!



Many thanks to our contributors and supporters.

Find us in: Charleston, Beckley, Huntington, Fairmont, Shepherdstown. Thomas, Morgantown, Bluefield, Clarksburg, Parkersburg, and most “big towns” across West Virginia.
Please email us for pick up- locations in your city or to help distribute. (Our distribution method is porch to porch powered by volunteers)

BBG in digital form is available for download (here), or send $5.oo with your address to our Venmo @BlackByGod for a print copy.



Publisher/Editors note:

I’m feeling all the Black migration vibes as I hand address and mail the BBG news back home while eating a homemade pepperoni roll.

I created - with lots of help - and published the first print of BBG while moving across the country. My hope for BBG is that it will be a portal into and out of West Virginia. I’m totally still a Valley Girl - just in California. The pandemic taught me that I could work for West Virginia from anywhere. Also, I may have just increased my life expectancy? According to the data, life expectancy in Charleston, West Virginia, is one of the lowest in the country at 62.3 years. I’m still taking it one day at a time, laughing as my Co-Star tells me to REMAIN WILD!

As for you, Dear Reader, remain wonderful…

Thanks for your support.

~ Crystal Good


Oh, If you are curious about the Applachian-out Black Migration, how Black families strategically left West Virginia and Kentucky, but how we always.. go home.

Read Gone Home Race and Roots through Appalachia By Karida L. Brown