Appalachian Transition Fellowship-Second Cycle

New Market, TN—Highlander Research and Education Center launched the second cohort of its Appalachian Transition Fellowship (AppFellows) January 5, 2017. AppFellows increases the connectivity, capacity, and shared analysis of Appalachian institutions, communities, and leaders to support regional transformation. Ten fellows will spend the year working within host communities throughout the region to help foster cross-sector […]

In #Formation: Black Media, Black Culture, Black Lives

Register at…/2855029648590808322 Gil Scott Heron famously uttered “the revolution will not be televised.” This was before the Internet enabled Black communities to broadcast the images of police “shooting down brothers in the instant replay” and to embrace ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬. The depiction of race by mainstream newspapers, radio and TV have fueled racial bias in the […]

Radio Interview on AppFellows

  Mountain Talk host Mimi Pickering spoke with Education Team Kierra Sims with Fellows Joshua Outsey, Mae Humiston, and Eric Dixon. Listen and download from  and to learn more about the AppFellows Program, go to    

In Remembrance of Highlander Board Member Scott Bates

Highlander is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of Scott Bates, who was part of the Highlander community for over five decades. A professor at the University of the South in Sewanee, Bates began attending Highlander workshops in 1956, and he worked with Septima Clark and Myles Horton to bring an NAACP chapter to […]

A Holiday Message from the Director

As this calendar year comes to a close and we reflect on its struggles and victories, here at Highlander we are struck, more than anything, by reflection, gratitude and excitement. We send thoughts to our friends in New York, New Jersey, West Virginia, and all along the east coast who are struggling still to recover […]

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 […]