Hood Huggers International
Rebuilding Affrilachia Through Art, Environment and Social Enterprise
Making restoring the planet a universal sport by creating connection and regenerative health in diverse communities.
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Mission and Vision
Hood Huggers International is dedicated to creating a culture of sustainability that is inclusive and economically just, using the CAP framework that helps identify cooperative ambitions, and celebrate and maintain connections and accountability through a variety of community-centered projects at the intersections of economic development, environmental and social justice, and creativity. With various stakeholders Hood Huggers International is dedicated to moving society toward a redesign of our lives to include 6 months of work and 6 months of play.
Using Hood Huggers International as a vehicle for his community engaged social enterprise work, founder DeWayne Barton pursues the vision of “Rebuilding Affrilachia” projects in and around Asheville, NC. Affrilachia refers to African Americans living in Appalachia. The term was originally coined by Frank X Walker in reference to the region of Appalachia, a mountain range stretching over thirteen states along the East Coast of the U.S. from Mississippi to New York. Affrilachia is an ever-evolving cultural landscape poised to render the invisible visible, and contains a population that needs and deserves economic investment to ensure its visibility and thriving future.