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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]