About this submission
In 2020, I began a collective storytelling project titled The Appalachian Retelling Project with the goal of combatting stereotypes of the Appalachian region. Appalachia is often synonymous with whiteness and Christianity, despite the fact that a significant number of people of color and those who practice non-Christian religions live in the region. I attended high school with Iman and admired her ability to speak up when something was wrong, so when I decided to start telling these stories, I knew hers had to be included. Her stories provide insight into what it’s like to be an Appalachian woman of color.