Welcoming new staff members: Matt Griffin and André Canty!

Highlander is excited to welcome André Canty to the Development and Communication Team and Matt Griffin in the newly established position of Special Assistant to the Director. André is a native of Knoxville and a graduate of South Doyle High School. He began his undergraduate work at Middle Tennessee State University and later transferred to the University of Tennessee. His degree is in English Literature. He is also the instructor for the Odd Fellows Scholars Program in Knoxville, where he teaches students in grades 7-12 to illustrate Black history in the East Knoxville area through written material and digital storytelling. […]

Honoring the Past, Looking to the Future: The Greensboro Justice Fund Fellowship at the Highlander Center

Highlander is thrilled to announce the second class of the Greensboro Justice Fund Fellows at the Highlander Center. The Greensboro Justice Fund was created with an award from a civil case, paid by the city of Greensboro, that found members of the Ku Klux Klan complicit in the murders of community organizers César Cauce, Mike Nathan, Bill Sampson, Sandi Smith and Jim Waller on November 3, 1970. At its 30th anniversary, the Fund announced that it was donating a portion of its assets to Highlander to train organizers to carry on the legacy and the work of those who died […]

Meeting/Retreat Space Available

Highlander is currently taking reservations for 2013 for our Horton House and Workshop Center.  The Horton House sleeps up to eight, and the Workshop Center can accommodate 35 people.  So if you are planning a strategy meeting, retreat or just need somewhere peaceful with a beautiful view to write, rest or unwind, please call the Highlander office, 865-933-3443, and speak with Kristi Coleman, x221, or   Stephanie McAninch, x227, for rate info and availability.

In Memoriam: Aimee Horton and Lawrence Guyot

Highlander mourns the loss of Aimee Isgrig Horton, who passed away at 12:35 on the afternoon of November 15. Born in 1922, Aimee, a native of Wisconsin, worked with World War II refugees and Illinois students fighting for Civil Rights, and she was the Executive Director of the Illinois Commission on Human Relations when she met Myles Horton and married him at Highlander in April 1961. Following the ceremony, Aimee accompanied Myles on a fundraising trip and helped strengthen Highlander’s resources at a time when legal challenges and a loss of tax-exempt status threatened its stability. Later, Aimee worked with […]

Thanks to our energetic interns for 2012!

Each year, Highlander is graced with the presence of wonderful interns who come and share their skills and experiences while learning more about what it takes to make Highlander run.  Here is our team for 2012: Samantha Franks joined us after participating in our W7.3 wacky work week in 2011.  She has a fierce interest in supporting and educating incarcerated young people and came to Highlander to learn more about how a social justice organization works.  She led the garden planting this year, and we are now harvesting the fruit of her and others’ labor as she heads off for […]

Announcing the Inaugural Class of Greensboro Justice Fund Fellows at the Highlander Center

(New Market, TN) –  The Highlander Research and Education Center is pleased to introduce the members of the inaugural class of Greensboro Justice Fund Fellows at Highlander.  Highlander is honored to have been chosen, along with the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC, to carry on the social and economic justice legacy of the Greensboro Justice Fund (GJF). Teumbay (Tee) Barnes is currently Outreach Organizer at FOCAL (Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama). Tee believes that creating change begins within. Her passion is being involved in movements that help alter negative images that destroy communities. She helps create safe […]

$10,000 New Donor Match

$ 10,000 New Donor Match – Each One Reach One Highlander is pleased to announce a $10,000 New Donor Match. Three friends of Highlander have stretched beyond their normal giving and pooled their resources to establish a new donor match. Dollar for dollar, they will match every gift from a new donor between now and December 28th, up to $10,000. Perhaps you have been meaning to donate to Highlander and just never got around to it. NOW is the time! Your generosity doubles and is much appreciated! If you are already a much appreciated current donor, we ask that you […]

Fundraising Benefit Honors Board Members

•  Two excellent reasons to show your love  • Please join the Highlander board and staff for a fundraising benefit to honor two leaders whose service to Highlander’s board was above and beyond, Doug Gamble & Neil McBride 6:00  – 8:00 pm Saturday, November 14 Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church 2931 Kingston Pike Knoxville, TN 37919 Hors d’oeuvres To make your gift now, please go to www.test.highlandercenter.org – select Donate Now. Please rsvp with Barbara Mott (865) 933-3443  x 234 or barbara@highlandercenter.org.

NASCO INSTITUTE 2009: In Our Back Yards

Defending the Environmental Commons, Ann Arbor November 6-8, 2009 Join the Highlander Center and the more than 400 co-op members, cooperative educators and representatives of democratic organizations from across the U.S. Canada, and beyond as we converge in Ann Arbor for NASCO’s (North American Students of Cooperation) Cooperative Education and Training Institute. Through workshops, discussions, panels, caucuses and film screenings we will rethink how we produce, transport and consume; share tools for sustainable practices; and create cooperative solutions to spark change “In OUR BACKYARDS.” Come join us as Highlander leads the Cooperative Leadership Track on anti-oppression and collective liberation; join […]