At a recent scheduled annual gathering at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in August 2023, a very disturbing event took place, while the Waymakers were participating at the gathering. See the link for full details: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid06uvBXFG8R2LmgFB26H3F44Vn2XccjyCu1KFWp95nVDqcV7TJdF8SoBAAjAweyHkWl&id=100081933462321
Wayne Riley has written a response in support of the Waymakers Collective
The Waymakers is a group who accepts people where they are on their journey through life. That is how most people want to be accepted. Not with bigotry, hatred, fear or the thought that any of us are lesser than the other. I support the Waymakers and they have supported the Laurel County African American Heritage Center. They did not look at the color of our skin or who we love, to determine if we deserved their money. They looked at what we do, how we do it and how many people our services can help. They did not ask, “How many white people will participate?” or How many wealthy, straight, employed people used our services. They did not ask if we associated with transgender adults or kids or how many were LGBTQ+. They just wanted to support the good we provide to all the people in our community. There are too many biases, stereotypes and wrong information getting out about people. Everyone has heard rumors or a lies about others. But realize none of the rumors were true after getting the facts . There are a lot of stereotypes about the people in Appalachian region, but we know lots of people who are not like what television and news portrays them to be. We know we are people who care about each other and want to help where we can. We must support the Waymakers for what they do for us and other communities. They are good people doing good things to make the world better. We could use a few more organizations like them.
Support the Waymakers for all the good they bring to the world!
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