Nonprofit leader, writer
My cultural work is shaped by story and the power of narratives to build understanding, respect and sustainable connections. I believe traditional media narratives typically offer skewed representations of our communities to the detriment of us all, and my nonprofit, A Picture's Worth, aims to reframe those narratives by centering the voices of community members, their strengths and their values.
I am a first-generation Urban Appalachian. My mother, Gladys Quillen Yancey, was born and raised in Fleming-Neon, Kentucky, near the Letcher County seat of Whitesburg. When she was a teenager, she moved to Norwood, Ohio, to live with a cousin who had also traveled north in search of life outside the holler. I grew up in Norwood and graduated from Norwood High School, but shunned my Appalachian heritage until I came to work alongside the wise folks of the Urban Appalachian Council in the 1990s.
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