Interview with Loyal Jones, March 15, 1991

Project: Appalachia: War On Poverty Oral History Project

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This is a second interview with Loyal Jones, a native of North Carolina, who worked with the Council of the Southern Mountains. At the time of this interview, Jones was the director of the Appalachian Center at Berea College. Jones discusses the activities of the Council of the Southern Mountains (CSM) and the evolution of the Appalachian Volunteers (AVs). After the announcement of the War on Poverty, Jones remembers that the CSM recognized the chance to expand their activities in the area using Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) funds. The Council was granted federal money and began conducting "Community Action Workshops" with Berea College. Jones describes these workshops as training community leaders, or Community Action Technicians (CATs), who were to go to various communities, help them organize, and apply for governmental funding to start their own programs.

Jones also describes the Appalachian Talent Bank, another CSM effort. This bank attempted to place people who wanted to work in the mountains in touch with those who had specific needs. Jones states that the talent bank did not receive enough recognition to warrant further funding. However, Jones explains that federal funding did allow the CSM to get involved in low cost housing, health education, and editing and publishing. He describes their most significant undertaking as the editing and publishing of Jack Weller's Yesterday's People. The Council was also able to open branches in Cincinnati and Chicago to aid eastern Kentuckians who had moved to these cities. Jones describes the Appalachian Volunteers and expresses sympathy with their cause. He maintains that the AVs were doing what they believed was right, and that AV activities did benefit the mountaineers because the local people were more willing to take action on their own.

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1991oh089_app306

Interviewee Name

Loyal Jones

Interviewer Name

Thomas Kiffmeyer

Interview Date

1991-03-15

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Jones, Loyal Interview by Thomas Kiffmeyer. 15 Mar. 1991. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Jones, L. (1991, March 15). Interview by T. Kiffmeyer. Appalachia: War On Poverty Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Jones, Loyal, interview by Thomas Kiffmeyer. March 15, 1991, Appalachia: War On Poverty Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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