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 (education, nonprofit, for-profit, philanthropy, and government) partnerships, provide needed capacity to regional efforts, and build personal and professional skills. Emerging leaders began their fellowship with a week-long tour of Central Appalachia that will build and support the collective analysis of regional institutions and communities, grounding […]

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 United States, yet media has also been a tool for Black liberation – from the first Black-owned newspaper in 1872 Freedom’s Journal to the “Twitter fingers” of today’s Black millennials. This month’s Media Justice Salon will explore the historical and present day relationship of media […]

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 Franklin County, an 8-year struggle which eventually led to a lawsuit desegregating Franklin County public schools. Scott Bates served on Highlander’s Board of Directors since 1958, and he was always ready and willing to give a tour of the original Highlander Folk School in Monteagle […]

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 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We know how the experiences of some were made even more difficult by how racism, class and gender affected their experiences in this disaster and their continued experience with lack of recovery. And we have seen friends, family and […]

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. […]