“The South’s Got Something to Say!” Highlander’s 85th Anniversary Registration September 22-24, 2017

Click here to register for Homecoming
Join us as we celebrate 85 years of cutting edge work for justice with all of the people who made it happen.

“The South’s Got Something to Say!” is from Andre 3000 of the group Outkast as a rallying call to the Hip-Hop World in 1995 during the Source Awards. 

Friday will include a Translocal Institute that will dive into how local community groups have been effective in gaining political power and ways to collectively build with participants for a larger movement to better of their lives, livelihood, and families. 

Saturday will include a Highlander History at 9am, followed by a welcome from staff. The afternoon will include breakout workshops on various topics of social justice. Following dinner on Saturday evening will be our 85th Anniversary Party with music from the Theorizt, a local hip-hop band from Knoxville. We will have vendors for Saturday lunch that will be included in registration. You will receive a ticket for  one meal. If you want more, you are welcome to pay the vendor directly. 

Sunday will include activist author discussions along with cultural performances in the morning. 

For Friday’s Translocal Institute at 10am, the fee is $85/person from a large institution, $50/person from a smaller institution, $35/individual, and $20/student. The cost for both Saturday and Sunday is a sliding scale of $85-$385, $50 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday.

Those who pre-register and pay for the whole weekend before September 15th will receive a commemorative 85th Anniversary Shirt. (Of course, we also are accepting donations to support the work of Highlander!)

We’re providing childcare for ages 5-12 is being provided from 9am-4pm on Friday, 9am-5pm on Saturday, and 9am-12pm on Sunday.

Camping is available at $15 per person at night. There are opportunities for volunteers who will have their registration fees waived.

If you’ve been to a recent Homecoming, you know it has become the place to be in September. We’ll see you there!

Local Hotel Rooms. Just ask for the Highlander Homecoming rate

Hampton Inn Suites @ Stadium Drive 105 Stadium Drive, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 465-0590  Kings $139
La Quinta Inn 2428 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 933-3339  $84
Holiday Inn 3526 Outdoor World Dr. Kodak, TN 37764 (865)933-0087  $139
Days Inn 3402 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 465-9840  $54.99
Fairfield Inn 3620 Outdoor Sportsman Pl, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 933-3033 $139
America’s Best 184 E Dumplin Valley, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 933-2200 10 $69


Highlander Research and Education Center
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

For more info, contact Andre Canty at 865-360-7321 or [email protected]




Haz Clic Aquí y regístrese para este evento
Acompáñenos en celebrar 85 años de trabajo para la Justicia con toda la gente que lo ha hecho posible.

“¡El Sur Tiene Algo Que Decir!” son palabras del músico Andre 3000 parte del grupo Outkast, palabras dichas para atraer la atención del mundo de Hip Hop en 1995 durante los premios Source.

El viernes incluye un instituto Translocal que nos enseñara como grupos locales han ganado poder político y las maneras en que se puede construir colectivamente con participantes para un movimiento que mejora nuestras vidas y familias.

El sábado incluye la Historia de Highlander a las 9am y lo seguirá una bienvenida del personal. La Tarde incluye talleres sobre varios temas de Justicia Social. Después sigue la cena, con la fiesta de 85 años que incluye música del grupo Theorizt, una banda musical de hip-hop en Knoxville. También tendremos vendedores durante el almuerzo del sábado que incluye registración. Recibirá un boleto para una comida. Si gustan más boletos habrá la oportunidad para comprarlos directamente del vendedor. El domingo por la mañana incluye discusiones con autores activistas y sesiones culturales.

Para El Instituto Translocal del Viernes a las 10am, el costo es $85/por persona de una organización grande, $50/por persona de una organización pequeña, $35 por persona individual y $20 por estudiante. El costo por los dos días de Sábado y Domingo son de “pague lo que pueda” entre $85 a $385, $50 por el Sábado y $35 por el Domingo.

Los que se registren por anticipado y paguen por el fin de semana antes del 15 de Septiembre recibirán una camisa conmemorativa del 85 Aniversario. (Claro, también seguimos aceptando donaciones para apoyar el trabajo de Highlander!)

Estamos proveyendo cuidado de niños edades 5 a 12 y estaremos proveyéndolo de las 9am a las 4pm el viernes, 9am a las 5pm el sábado y 9am a las 12pm el domingo.

Espacio para campamento estará disponible por $15 la noche. Habrá oportunidades para ser voluntario que incluye el pago de su registración.

Si ha venido antes a Nuestro Aniversario, sabe que es el evento donde quiere estar cada Septiembre. ¡Nos veremos allí!

Hospedaje de Hotel Local. Simplemente pida por la tarifa del “Highlander Homecoming”

Hampton Inn Suites @ Stadium Drive 105 Stadium Drive, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 465-0590  Kings $139
La Quinta Inn 2428 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 933-3339  $84
Holiday Inn 3526 Outdoor World Dr. Kodak, TN 37764 (865)933-0087  $139
Days Inn 3402 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 465-9840  $54.99
Fairfield Inn 3620 Outdoor Sportsman Pl, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 933-3033 $139
America’s Best 184 E Dumplin Valley, Kodak, TN 37764 (865) 933-2200 10 $69

Estamos localizados en:

Centro Highlander
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

Para más información en español, contacte a Esmeralda Baltazar al 865-360-4901 o por correo electrónico: [email protected]




The Highlander Center’s Appalachian Transition Fellowship program invites you to join the 2017 fellows, host communities, and folks from across Central Appalachia at this regional gathering on August 16-17, in Abingdon, VA at the Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center.

The “Sharing Our Stories” regional gathering will be for folks in Appalachia to share and learn about our history, our people, and our land. We’ll also be crafting and sharing stories about our lives in the region, our work to support communities, and our vision for a just sustainable Appalachia.

We hope you’ll consider attending this important gathering!

To register and/or learn more about this gathering please visit:

For general information about our regional gatherings please visit: http://www.appfellows.org/regional-gatherings/

The second cohort of AppFellows welcomes 11 emerging leaders in 11 host communities made up of 32 cross-sector partners throughout the region. Fellows have been hard at work supporting, initiating, and implementing work in central Appalachian counties of Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, and regionally by fostering new and strengthening existing collaboration among organizations and entities, boosting networks and connectivity within states and across the region and providing increased capacity in fields that are instrumental to a just transition.

Highlander is excited to host this exciting event for Appalachian change makers as it aligns with our 85 year history of serving the the region as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the U.S. South.

We very much hope to see you at this gathering as we think it will be an excellent event and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at [email protected] if there’s anything we can do to help!



Black bodies are murdered every 28 hours in the U.S. Police officers are taking our people without judicial penalty. The prison system is largely privatized and depends on local and federal policies that criminalize, destabilize, and profit off of people of color. One in three Black men will be imprisoned in their lifetime according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Black women are three times more likely to be incarcerated than White women. The South is a hotbed for escalated repressive social and legislative attacks, on people of color, women, immigrants and refugees, lesbigaytrans people, youth and working class people. Felony disenfranchisement and a surge of voter disenfranchisement laws overtly designed to keep people of color and the poor away from the polls are sweeping the south. Nearly every southern state has passed restrictive voting laws in the last few years. These attacks have mobilized cross sector and cross-issue organizing efforts to stop this repression, work for progressive policies and build alternative infrastructure. We will combine Highlander’s methodologies to collectively develop strategies targeting the root causes and build intergenerational, cross-issue and cross-cultural connections and networks to organize and fight state sanctioned violence against low-income communities and communities of color. Our long-term goals include among others, embarking on tours of the South to connect fights, struggles, and victories of people working in the 1950s-60s on voter registration, civil rights, immigration reform, and lesbigaytrans rights to the work of young people fighting against the same injustices, in the South, today.


This summer, we invite Southern and Appalachian youth-led and youth centered groups organizing for social change to join us on the 2017 Living Legacy Tour. This includes two young people (ages 13-18) and one adult ally (ages 19 and up) from each group to join us on this tour. If you are currently organizing to address these issues or are interested in learning and building support networks to organize in your community please apply to join us. This year’s tour will focus on the western most part of our Southern Region, Texas. We are looking for Southern and Appalachian youth and adult ally leaders to join the Third Annual Seeds of Fire Living Legacy tour, an intergenerational group that will be strategizing to address issues of state-based violence. Applications are due by May 26th. For more information call or email Esme Baltazar at 865-933-3443 ext.242 / [email protected].






Seeds-of-Fire-2017-Application English Group and Individual

Semillas-de-Fuego-2017-Applicacion Spanish Group and Individual

PLEASE NOTE: These applications links include:

  • A group application and
  • 3 individual applications (One for each person in your group. Each person must fill out an individual application!)

Please email or mail your application to: [email protected] or

Highlander Center
ATTN: Seeds of Fire
1959 Highlander Way
New Market, TN 37820

Once your application is submitted we will follow-up with a group interview and more details. We look forward to hearing from you!

Rage, Hope, and Community: Community Organizing in these Times: June 1-4, 2017

Click here to register. We are still accepting people be put on our waiting list as of Apr. 26. 

June 1-4, 2017  Come join Highlander and people from across the country for a Community Organizing Workshop. Recognizing both the powerful, creative acts of resistance and the great anxieties and fears moving in our communities, Highlander has been getting requests for such a training with lots of groups working to counter the many terrible attacks coming at people, families and communities. We know that together we can share ideas, strategy and hope, to strengthen what people do back home. Topics will include: outreach and base-building, analysis and strategy, campaigns and tactics, strengthening youth and intergenerational work; popular education in our organizing, and fundraising to support your group. This will be done popular education style, where we are all teachers and all learners. We will have open space for topics that come up that people want to dig in on. We encourage teams of two to come, so you can work together to take home what you learn. There will also be time for fun, relaxing, reflection and informal conversations with other participants.

DETAILS/COST: We have a sliding scale $450-700. Please give what you are able, in order to help us bring as many people as possible at this critical time. Cost includes lodging at Highlander and all meals.
Some partial scholarships are available – Give a scholarship if you are able! We are working to raise some funds or finding some sources to help get groups here. If you would like to give a scholarship for someone contact Susan Williams at [email protected], 865-360-7042.

We will start with lunch on Thursday, June 1st and finish up with lunch on Sunday, June 4. The workshop fee includes health meals and lodging. Apply with the on-line application form at www.highlandercenter.org; scholarship application follows the application form.
For more information, email Brandi Augustus at [email protected]
or Susan Williams at [email protected], 865-360-7042.

We Shall Overcome Fund Application due June 1, 2017

We Shall Overcome” served as the theme song of the Civil Rights Movement and is now a worldwide anthem for freedom and justice. Since 1966, the Highlander Research and Education Center has administered the We Shall Overcome Fund, which is generated by royalties from the commercial use of the song “We Shall Overcome.”

Upcoming Deadlines:  June 1, 2017 

Important things to keep in mind:

  • Important to make sure that proposals are received complete.
  • Letters of support must be signed and must have 3.
  • Budget must be submitted and explain use of all money being requested.
  • Contact info should include phone number and email address for person applying.

June 2017 application form for We Shall Overcome Fund

Send the original application and all supporting documents to:

We Shall Overcome Fund

Highlander Research and Education Center

1959 Highlander Way

New Market, TN 37820

Or send the original application and all supporting documents as one file in an e-mail to the WSO address at [email protected].

There’s also a final report to be mailed within one month after the completion of the project. Prompt submission of your report will assure the Committee’s favorable attention to future grant requests.


We shall Overcome Fund


Created to nurture grassroots efforts within African American communities to use art and activism against injustice, the We Shall Overcome Fund supports organizing in the South that is at the nexus of culture and social change.

Because of the song’s history and use in the primarily southern-based struggle against racism and injustice, African American communities must benefit from Fund-supported projects. We strongly encourage proposals from diverse racial and ethnic communities working in coalition to end racism, economic and environmental injustice, sexism and homophobia.

The We Shall Overcome Fund supports a wide range of projects including:

  • Performance and visual arts projects linked to or directly serving efforts that seek to transform unjust social, economic, and political environments/conditions/imbalances;
  • Workshops, conferences, and research projects that use arts and culture to build coalitions, share information, inspire, and mobilize people to take action;
  • Preservation of Civil Rights Movement documents; multi-media research projects that document and share the history of the Movement.

We Shall Overcome Fund support has been vital to the success of cultural and social programs in rural and urban communities throughout the South. Our funding provides critical support to initiate and sustain innovative efforts at the nexus of culture and social change.


  • Cultural Activists
  • Educators
  • Organizers
  • Organizations

For projects that use arts, culture and community activism to organize for social, economic, and political justice to the benefit of African American communities.

Requests are accepted from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Project funding not to exceed $2,000
  • To apply you must complete an application form.
  • Application Deadline: June 1 2017

Please Note: It can take up to 30 days after a deadline for applications to be processed and funding decisions to be made. Therefore, if your project/event will occur within 30 days of a deadline, you should apply during the previous grant cycle.


Contact:  Brandi Augustus
Phone: 865-360-8224 Email:  [email protected]


Scaling Up: Connecting Local Economies and People Power to a Just Regional Transition-May 17-18, 2017


The Highlander Center’s Appalachian Transition Fellowship program invites you to join the 2017 fellows, host communities, and folks from across Central Appalachia at this regional gathering May 17-18, 2017, in Benham, KY to share ideas, build relationships, and strategize together to advance a just economic transition in our region.

“Scaling Up: Connecting Local Economies and People Power to a Just Regional Transition” will convene folks from across Central Appalachia to share local, community-led efforts that are shifting economies and power to the people; to map our communities and our work across issue, states, and the region to identify collaborative opportunities; and to share, strategize, and network with fellows, hosts, and other folks who are doing great work in Appalachia.

To register, go to www.appfellows.org/2017-regional-gatherings/

For more info contact Elizabeth Wright at [email protected] or 865-548-3630.



Meet and Greet with Highlander's Co-Directors

Come join us on April 28th from 6-8pm to meet our new Highlander co-directors Ash-Lee Henderson and Allyn Maxfield-Steele at East Tennessee PBS located in East Knoxville. This is an appreciation gathering and a chance for the local community to strengthen current relationships and build new ones. That day will also be an opportunity for you to share your Highlander stories to celebrate our historic 85th Anniversary.

You can RSVP to Andre Canty at [email protected] or 865-360-7321

85 Stories

85 Stories


To celebrate our historic 85th year, we are collecting your Highlander stories to learn what Highlander has meant to you and to highlight the incredible work you are doing.

85 stories will include people in our movement families throughout the decades. We call on all who have been impacted by Highlander in their pursuit of social justice. We call on stories in all expressive forms—art, music, media, poetry, and others—to reflect the diversity of voices represented in our world.


Questions to guide you are:       

  • Describe your first experience at Highlander.
  • How has Highlander influenced who you have become?
  • How has it impacted your work?
  • What’s your favorite memory being at Highlander or at Highlander workshops in your local community?

We will be publishing them on our social media and website daily leading up to our 85th Homecoming, September 22-24, 2017. We request that written submissions stay at a maximum of one page and video maximum 2-3 minutes. All submissions would require a photo and a two-sentence bio.



Send your submissions to [email protected]

Openings for intern positions at Highlander in 2017-Deadline Mar. 31

Highlander Looking for Six Month Seeds of Fire Intern!


Focus of Internship:

The Highlander Seeds of Fire program works year-round with young people from organizations in the South and Appalachia to build leadership and organizing skills. Interns will take part in several areas of work connected to this program. Our on-going work during this period, includes: Seeds of Fire mini-camps in local communities, Economics & Governance training of trainers, Children’s Justice Camp, among many other activities.  This summer we are planning a July tour of historical and current organizing sites in the South, with workshops along the way. Interns will play a consistent role in that planning and implementation. Additional events during this time include Highlander’s capacity building workshops and our annual Homecoming.   The intern will be part of the Seeds of Fire team.

 Our internships are great educational experiences and deeply root interns in our program work.   Activities for the intern may include:

Seeds of Fire Tour, minicamps and strategy sessions – Support with outreach, selection, logistics, documentation, planning and facilitation, database management, material development, and ongoing support of the Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee.

Other Highlander programs & events – support other Highlander activities as needed.

Useful interests and skills for this position include:

–Interest/experience being part of or working with young people, interest in organizing and popular education, experience being part of a group working for social change

–Experience organizing around police/state violence, juvenile justice, and school-to-prison pipeline

–Interest in learning more about Highlander, previous experience at Highlander helpful

–Bilingual English-Spanish written and oral ability is helpful but not required

Timing for internship:

To start in May through October, based at Highlander Center in New Market TN 37820

Stipend:  We provide a $350 per week stipend as well as housing and some meals.

Important to know: Internship is based at Highlander Center, which is located out in a rural area about 16 miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee.  A car is helpful; there is no public transportation available.

Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017

To apply:  Please send a letter saying why you are interested in this specific internship, a resume and three references to [email protected] or mail to Esme Baltazar, SOF Intern, Highlander Center, 1959 Highlander Way, New Market, TN 37820.

For more information contact Esme by email at [email protected]

The Highlander Research and Education Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.