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 […]

We Shall Overcome Fund Application due Jan. 27, 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: January 27 and 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 […]

We Shall Overcome Fund Deadline-June 1, 2014

“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 Deadline June 1, 2014 For more information, contact:  Tufara Muhammad Phone: 865-933-3443 Ext. 231 Emaill: tufara@highlandercenter.org Click here to download the application form for the We Shall Overcome Fund. Important things to keep in mind: Important to make sure that proposals are received complete. Letters of support must be […]

We Shall Overcome Strategy Sessions 2014 in Raleigh,NC, Jackson,MS, and Knoxville,TN.

Click here to participate in the WSOC Strategy Sessions for 2014 in Raleigh, NC(Jan. 31-Feb.2, 2014), Jackson, MS(Feb. 14-16, 2014), and Knoxville, TN (Jan. 10-12, 2014). Registrations for Jackson, MS are open. The Jackson Unity Mixer (Feb. 15 at 7PM CST) is one of three historical Regional Strategy Sessions being held in New Market TN, Jackson MS and Raleigh NC, pulling in those working at the nexus of art and social change in the Southeastern US. The Mixer is open to all who want to intend. As long as you RSVP. The location will at the Soul Wired Cafe on […]

Workshop Work Week, W-7.5, Gets Even More Wonderful

Highlander’s fifth annual Witty & Wonderful, Wild & Wacky Workshop Work Week was a huge success, thanks to the fantastic group of organizers, activists, scholars, and students who came from Utah to western Mass and everywhere in between to engage with Highlander and its work. In the mornings, Highlander’s staff led workshops on our methodologies of popular education, cultural organizing, and participatory action research, and explored how to put those methodologies to use in work in their communities. In the afternoons, participants worked in service to the land and place of Highlander all across the Hill, from clearing and expanding […]

Strength through Song at the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute

Zilphiagroupphoto: This year’s group of artists and organizers at the Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute.

The 2nd Zilphia Horton Cultural Organizing Institute brought cultural workers and groups from Nashville, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Philadelphia to Highlander this June to explore how to incorporate culture, song, and art into organizing campaigns in their community. The Institute was framed with a focus on intersectionality and organizing across differences and included an introduction to the nuts and bolts of cultural organizing, a song-sharing workshop, story circles, art making, and time devoted to health and wellness. Participants also had the opportunity to engage in international conversations with Tutu Alicante, who works for justice in Equatorial Guinea, Zambian activist […]

Southern Jam

In March, Highlander hosted the Southern Jam in collaboration with the Emerging ChangeMakers Network, YES!, Grassroots Democracy, and Southern Partners Fund. The Jam brought together 30 activists, organizers, leaders, and thinkers ages 20 to 43 from across the South to strategize about the best ways to work together for progressive change in the region. The gathering centered around relating to each other differently, building new models, creating new policies, and striving for change on multiple levels: personal, interpersonal, and systemic. The mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, neighbors, and children at the Jam acknowledged the many different paths toward creating a new South, […]

Extreme Extraction Summit

Susan Williams and Elandria Williams facilitate 70 activists from diverse backgrounds at the Extreme Extraction Summit. Photo by David Braun.

Earlier this year, Highlander Education Team members Elandria Williams and Susan Williams facilitated an Extreme Extraction Summit in upstate New York. The summit brought together 70 activists from groups across the country (including Alaska!) who are organizing to fight coal, oil, fracking, uranium extraction, tar sands, industrial biomass, and their devastating effects on communities and environments. During the snowy weekend at the beautiful Ashokan retreat center, Highlander staff led the groups through exchanges that shared their experiences, developed strategies, sang songs and worked to join themselves together into a broader, stronger movement to overturn the deeply-rooted, complex system of business […]

On The Hill and Across the South: SEIRN Works for Immigrant Rights

In January, Highlander hosted and participated in a strategy session for the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), which brought together representatives from statewide immigrant coalitions, grassroots groups, and regional partners to connect its members with campaigns around immigration reform. In addition to discussing the prospects for national immigration reform, the group focused its strategy on what to expect on the state and local levels and how its members could collaborate and support one another in those battleswhile keeping the voices and experiences of local grassroots groups central to the movement and strategy. SEIRN’s Regional Coordinator Mónica Hernández notes that the […]

Southern Jam: A Call to Unite and Build a New South!

We are inviting a group of 30 strategists, entrepreneurs, organizers, elected officials, business leaders, thinkers, builders, artists, educators, researchers, philanthropists, non-profit leaders, and all-around visionaries to the Southern Jam.