Come to Highlander Sept 21-22 for the 2013 Homecoming-From the Civil Rights Movement to the Rebuilding of our Communities and the Next American Revolution

Plan to be on the Hill for Highlander’s annual gathering, this September 21 and 22! We’re honored that Grace Lee Boggs, longtime author and activist who just turned 98, will be joining us as the guest of honor to explore this year’s theme: Resistance and Alternatives to the Economic Clock of the World. The weekend will include a large town hall type discussion of the theme as well as a showing of American Revolutionary, a new documentary about Boggs’s life and work, reunions, group discussions, a Children’s Program, author-activist discussions, cultural performances, film, music, food, and, of course, reflections and […]

Women Coming Together for Worker Justice

Highlander has worked recently with a number of different groups organizing for worker justice. In April, we led a leadership workshop for the Tennessee Education Association to help teachers from Chattanooga and rural counties in Middle Tennessee share information about how to approach the loss of their collective bargaining rights, which the state stripped from them in 2011. With Jobs with Justice, we’ve been putting together a timeline history of Southern women in the Labor movement, and we’ve worked with the Oak Ridge chapter to develop a workshop on the same topic. In May, we hosted the Teamster women’s, ‘We […]

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 […]

Happy 100th Birthday to Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks at Highlander Center

Monday, February 4th would have been Rosa Parks’ 100th birthday. The story of Mrs. Parks’ refusal to move to the back of the bus is well known, but thanks to a new book by Brooklyn College professor Jeanne Theoharis, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, much of the coverage of her centennial has focused on her lifelong activism, including her membership in the NAACP and her time at Highlander. On Sunday, February 3rd, popular MSNBC host Melissa Perry interviewed Dr. Theoharis, and the segment featured a number of photos provided by the Highlander Archives, including a photo of Mrs. […]

Fay Bellamy Powell Remembered

Fay Bellamy Powell

Civil Rights and the entire social justice movement lost a great leader last month with the passing of Fay Bellamy Powell. Born in Pennsylvania, Fay served in the United States Air Force before moving to Selma, Alabama in 1965 to run the SNCC office there, where, she wrote in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, “I immediately became the entire office staff: the manager, the secretary, receptionist, and typist, as well as the media specialist.” She later left the office to work in the field in Greene County, Alabama: “I was not looking for more […]

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 […]

We Shall Overcome Fund Deadline Approaching

The next funding cycle deadline for applications to the We Shall Overcome Fund is January 15, 2013.  Created to nurture grassroots efforts within African American communities to use art and activism for justice, the We Shall Overcome Fund supports organizing in the South that is at the nexus of culture and social change.  Started in 1966 and housed at Highlander, the Fund provides small grants ($2,000 maximum) for projects that reflect a blend of culture and struggle, embodied in the primary anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, “We Shall Overcome.” Cultural activists, educators, organizers and organizations who use art, culture […]

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.