Passion and Purpose with Crystal Cauley
In a world where black history is often overlooked, Crystal Cauley emerges as a dedicated activist, preserving the rich heritage of her community. Crystal Cauley is a multi-faceted individual considered a dynamic force working towards the preservation of Black history and betterment of underprivileged regions. Originally hailing from Hendersonville, North Carolina, she is deeply rooted in her community and utilizes her experiences to channel positivity into her creative ventures. Her thought-provoking journey, which includes establishing the Black Business Network of Western North Carolina, confronting issues of racial sensitivity, and fostering a nurturing atmosphere for minority businesses, speaks volumes about her determination to create an uplifted community.In this episode, you will be able to:Voyage into the mesmerizing personal journey of Crystal Collie, a native of Hendersonville, North Carolina.Step into the creation heartland of the Black Business Network of Western North Carolina and discover its central mission.Delve into a controversial incident involving insensitive comments by a high-ranking executive and gain an understanding of how to respond with education to drive away ignorance.Learn about the gravity of recognitions from local city administrations that can help signify the importance of community-centric events.Unravel Crystal's commitment towards preserving Black history, spearheading initiatives in underserved regions, and her future visions for establishing a bird sanctuary and a community garden.Learn more about Crystal Cauley and her work"Network shines light on minority-owned businesses: Hendersonville High graduate launched marketing and support tool" by Beth De Bona BlueRidge Now Times-News, July 22, 2016"Profile Crystal Cauley," Urban News Gateway to the Multicultural Community, May 13, 2021Cauley wins Wilma Dykeman Award for Writers of Color by Lurah Lowery Hendersonville Times-News, July 2021Executive director of NC Apple Festival receives backlash over Juneteenth comments by Kristen Aguirre, News Channel 12, UPDATE June 23, 2022, 6:29 (video)Cauley receives Radical Rest grant to support community work by Jennifer Heaslip BlueRidge Now Times-New, Aug 1, 2023Waymakers Collective: Appalachian Arts and Culture AssemblyThe mission of the Black Appalachian Coalition (BLAC) is to build a multi-state campaign that amplifies black voices, dismantles the colonized narrative of Appalachia, and uses story-based strategies and solutions that center the voices and lived experiences of Black Appalachians.For more stories and information about The Black Appalachian Coalition please visit www.blackappalachiancoalition.org.