“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


SEEDS OF FIRE LIVING LEGACY TOUR July 11-20, 2017 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 andre@highlandercenter.org 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 […]

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 […]

We Shall Overcome Grantees 2017

We send a big congratulations to the recipients of the WSOC Grant for the first cycle of 2017   . Carpetbag Theatre – Knoxville, TN · Beneath the Veneer – Asheville, NC · S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective (as part of the Black Girls Matter Coalition) – Miami, FL · Charleston Rhizome Collective – Charleston, SC · The Piney Woods School – Piney Woods, MS · Greensboro Mural Project – Greensboro, NC · The Arkansas Women’s Economic Development Corporation – Little Rock, AR · Tightshift Laboring Cooperative – Washington, DC · Date My City – Asheville, NC · Wildseeds – New […]