This is a memoir I am working on. Here is an excerpt:

My world accelerated its ugly slid into intolerance, accompanied with violence. In September, 1963, just two months before my Peace Corps experience in Nigeria was over, Klu Klux Klan terrorists bombed the 26th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Four little Sunday school girls were killed, another girl’s eye was put out, and over twenty other people were injured. My African students were puzzled, “How could that happen in America.” 

As I write this the voters of Alabama just elected Doug Jones to the United States Senate. Nearly forty years after the murders and destruction at the Birmingham church, Doug Jones had been the lead prosecutor in the successful prosecution of two of the Klan bigots who did the bombing at the Birmingham church.

With the votes of 98% of the African-American women, Democrat Jones defeated racist and Republican pedophile Roy Moore. Many Alabama republicans, although not bothered as much by his racism, could not vote for Republican pedophile Roy Moore.

About Sam's Branch

I joined the Peace Corps in 1961 as West Virginia’s first volunteer. Go to to order my book Imagonna: Peace Corps Memories. I am the eighth generation of my family born in the Big Coal River Valley of West Virginia. My father and grandfather were underground coal miners. I have a chemical engineering degree from West Virginia University (WVU). After training to make sidewinder missiles, I joined the Peace Corps and taught chemistry and coached the track team at a secondary school in Nigeria. Since that time, I was WVU’s first full time foreign student advisor and worked in urban outreach, organic farming, construction labor, and high school teaching. I recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy (, and recently retired from the board of directors of the West Virginia Kanawha State Forest Foundation ( I am still on the board of the Labor History Association and the West Virginia Environmental Education Association and recently joined the board of the West Virginia Civil Liberties Union. I am active in the campaign to stop the destructive practice of mountain top removal strip mining in the Appalachian Mountains. You may contact me at or my blog samsbranch.wordpress.
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