Press Coverage of Highlander's 75th Anniversary

Highlander is receiving extensive press coverage for its 75th anniversary. Articles have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel (three articles & an editorial), La Jornada (Mexico; two articles), New American Media, the AFL-CIO Now Blog, El Clarín de Chile, Knoxville Voice, and Metro Pulse (Knoxville). Stories have aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition, on WUOT (Knoxville), and on Pacifica radio stations.

For links to stories about the 75th anniversary, visit www.highlandercenter.org/anniversary/press.asp. Additional stories are in the works and will be added to the list as they appear.

Press Coverage of Highlander’s 75th Anniversary

Highlander is receiving extensive press coverage for its 75th anniversary. Articles have been published in the Knoxville News-Sentinel (three articles & an editorial), La Jornada (Mexico; two articles), New American Media, the AFL-CIO Now Blog, El Clarín de Chile, Knoxville Voice, and Metro Pulse (Knoxville). Stories have aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition, on WUOT (Knoxville), and on Pacifica radio stations.

For links to stories about the 75th anniversary, visit www.test.highlandercenter.org/anniversary/press.asp. Additional stories are in the works and will be added to the list as they appear.

Thanks for an Amazing Event!

Highlander’s 75th Anninversary Celebration (8/31-9/2/2007) was an incredible experience. Over 1,000 people came to Highlander for three days of workshops, strategy sessions, music, dancing, performances, and more.
75th Anniversary Celebration
Participants included activists and organizers from across the region and the world – veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, people fighting mountaintop removal, young people working on education issues, residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast responding to the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, immigrants organizing for fair immigration reform, LGBTQ activists fighting injustice and discrimination, and many, many more.

Local hotels were filled with 75th anniversary attendees, and a camping village grew in the field by the library. Buses, vans, and cars shuttled people to and from Highlander. Golf carts ran up and down the hill, carrying participants between the registration tables, the bookstore, the meeting and food tents, the Workshop Center, and the library.

Impromptu discussions sprang up along the roads, in the fields, outside the bookstore, in the office, at the lunch tables, in the meeting tents, and everywhere people crossed paths – sharing their experiences, their commitments, and themselves across age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and geography.
75th Anniversary Celebration
We have hundreds of pictures, dozens of audio and video recordings, and uncountable memories of amazing conversations with old and new friends. Samples of all of these will be posted on our website and on View from the Hill in the coming weeks.

So many people contributed to the celebration that it seems impossible to thank them all, but here’s at least a partial list. We send our deepest thanks and appreciation to:

  • Everyone who attended the event
  • All those who organized, facilitated, and acted as resource people for the educational institutes, strategy sessions, and workshops
  • The speakers at the plenary sessions Friday and Saturday morning
  • The performers at the benefit concert Saturday night, the dance at the Laurel theater Friday, and at Highlander all weekend
  • The volunteers who helped with parking, staffed the registration table, collected the garbage, set out and monitored the water stations, and helped with all the other logistical details
  • The organizations, unions, foundations, and individuals who supported the celebration

For 75 years, Highlander has served as a catalyst for progressive movements in Appalachia and the South, and across the country and the world — bringing people together to share ideas and experiences and to learn from one another other how to address the problems facing their communities.
75th Anniversary Celebration
The 75th Anniversary Celebration demonstrated that Highlander continues to inspire activists and organizers, and that new generations of Highlander-supported activists are in forefront of the fight for social and economic justice now and for years to come.

Thanks again to all who participated in and supported the celebration. Your dedicated activism in your own communities and the passion and commitment you brought to the event inspire all of us at Highlander. We look forward to our continued work together in the ongoing fight for justice and democracy in the region, the country, and the world.

9/9/07 – Photo captions:

  1. Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans. Preceding their performance at Sunday’s cultural festival, the band led a second line in a special tribute to honor the 40th anniversary of the We Shall Overcome Fund.
  2. Maria Anna Gonzalez, Elise Witt, and Pancho Arguelles lead singing during Saturday’s plenary. (Photo by Amelie Ratliff)
  3. Youth from Highlander’s Seeds of Fire program performing the youth camp chant during Saturday’s plenary. (Photo by Amelie Ratliff)

Haiti, Tennessee

There’s somethinig about being in the mountains that always reminds me of Haiti and this weekend in New Market Tennessee attending the Highlander Research and Education Center’s 75th Anniversary has been no different. What makes this memory so apt is the legacy of this center in the Tennesee hills that has housed legendeary activists such as Rosa Parks, Septima Clark, Myles Horton, Hollis Watkins, and Reverend Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou, the latter were panelists on this morning’s plenary.

The conviction to social change that has kept Highlander alive and helped bring to life countless other social justice organizations over the last 75 years emanates throughout virtually every inch of this mountainside. Anniversary attendees bring with them memories of experience in such epic quests as the Civil Rights movement, anti-Apartheid struggles, labor-and-work rights crusades, and anti-war campaigns. Their presence embodies the fact that these struggles are far from over and that today’s movements are part of a continuum. The international hue of this weekend also iterates that these crusades are part of a global mission for a more just world, and whether home–or–home base is Mexico, Nicaragua or Haiti making your way to the mountains is not a retreat from the mission at hand, but a trek to strategize, build coalitions, sing songs and find the freedom best exemplified by the sight of children aimlessly scampering.

As the Highlander Maroons convene in New Market this weekend to celebrate 75 years of action it is already clear in the faces of the children roaming around the campus that imagining another 75years of action and resistance is already in the works.

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Ferentz Lafargue

Highlander's 75th Anniversary

75th Anniversary Logo 

Hello one and all,

  I invite you all to Highlander’s 75th Anniversary.  We will be blogging from the anniversary and letting you know the most up to date information as well as posting reports, pictures and video from the event.  I invite you to keep our site interactive and exciting by posting comments and sending me info to add to the blog. 

For more information about the 75th go to www.highlandercenter.org/anniversary

 Happy blogging and thanks,

Highlander Research and Education Center

Highlander’s 75th Anniversary

75th Anniversary Logo 

Hello one and all,

  I invite you all to Highlander’s 75th Anniversary.  We will be blogging from the anniversary and letting you know the most up to date information as well as posting reports, pictures and video from the event.  I invite you to keep our site interactive and exciting by posting comments and sending me info to add to the blog. 

For more information about the 75th go to www.test.highlandercenter.org/anniversary

 Happy blogging and thanks,

Highlander Research and Education Center