Shared Reading

2022-23 Book Selection

Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community

Description from the publisher:

“Junaluska is one of the oldest African American communities in western North Carolina and one of the few surviving today. 

After Emancipation, many former slaves in Watauga County became sharecroppers, were allowed to clear land and to keep a portion, or bought property outright, all in the segregated neighborhood on the hill overlooking the town of Boone, North Carolina.

 Land and home ownership have been crucial to the survival of this community, whose residents are closely interconnected as extended families and neighbors. 


Junaluska : Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community, edited by Susan E. Keefe, and Heritage Association, from the Junaluska, McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers, 2020. 



Shared Reading Events

Walker College of Business Courageous Conversations:

The View from Junaluska: Perspectives from a Black Appalachian Community

Date: Wednesday, February 22

Time: 5-6 pm, reception and book signing to follow

Location: Rosen Concert Hall, Broyhill Music Center


 Join us for a candid discussion on life and work in Boone with local residents of the Junaluska neighborhood, a historically Black community in the High Country. The multi-generational panel will bring together members whose career paths have included work at Appalachian State University. Inspired by the Common Reading book selection, Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Black Appalachian Community, all members of First Year Seminar as well as the broader community are welcome to attend.

Access the list of University Common Reading Program Events here.




Book Access

Walker College of Business faculty, staff and students can sign up to receive a free copy of the book. 

There is unlimited access to the ebook version through the library. Permalink to Junaluska e-book version.

Junaluska Community Video

The Shared Reading Initiative

The Walker College of Business Shared Reading Initiative brings students, faculty and staff together to read and discuss a work on social and/or environmental justice. Ideally, the selected work will broaden student perspectives, open up important conversations and highlight ways business can help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The shared reading book is selected by the office of Global and Civic Engagement, with input from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Liaisons and/or the Sustainability Steering Committee.


Faculty and staff read the selected book over the summer. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the book into their courses for the following academic year. The following academic year, business students read the selected book and attend a book discussion, either as part of their academic courses or as an optional personal enrichment activity.


Interested but want to find out more? Contact Meredith Church Pipes at