Appreciation to Friends in Blacksburg and the Bay Area

Great big THANK YOU’s to Highlander friends in Blacksburg,VA and the Bay Area for recent house fundraising house parties to support Highlander’s work. Your friendship and generosity make this work possible, and we are deeply grateful. If you are interested in helping Highlander celebrate its 80th anniversary over the course of the coming months through a local event or house party, please contact André Canty at andre at test.highlandercenter.org or 865-933-3443 x230, or Barbra Mott at barbara at test.highlandercenter.org or 865-933-3443 x 234.

Celebrate Highlander’s 80th Anniversary: Rosa Parks & Septima Clark auction item, Bay Area 80th Anniversary house party

If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of Highlander and civil rights history, now is your chance.  As part of Highlander’s 80th Anniversary, we are auctioning a poster containing the original signatures of both Septima Clark and Rosa Parks. Septima Clark first came to Highlander as a workshop participant and soon after became the Director of Integration Workshops. Clark later became the director of the Citizenship School program and helped organize and spread citizenship schools across the South. Rosa Parks, known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” attended a workshop at Highlander in the summer of 1955 […]

Celebrate Highlander’s 80th Anniversary: Rosa Parks & Septima Clark auction item, Bay Area 80th Anniversary house party

If you’ve ever wanted to own a piece of Highlander and civil rights history, now is your chance.  As part of Highlander’s 80th Anniversary, we are auctioning a poster containing the original signatures of both Septima Clark and Rosa Parks. Septima Clark first came to Highlander as a workshop participant and soon after became the Director of Integration Workshops. Clark later became the director of the Citizenship School program and helped organize and spread citizenship schools across the South. Rosa Parks, known as the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” attended a workshop at Highlander in the summer of 1955 […]

Highlander Celebrates 80 Years September 1st-September 2nd, Highlights from the Gathering

Highlander 80th Celebration

“Equality and justice for all keeps you current, keeps you relevant and keeps you intersectional.” -Mandy Carter, Highlander 80th Anniversary Opening Plenary Speake Thank you all for a touching and transformative weekend celebrating Highlander’s 80 years. Over 300 people attended Highlander’s 80th Anniversary over 2 days. Our weekend included thoughtful plenary discussions, participatory workshops, provoking films, creative scholar/activist discussions, art making, music, dancing, meals highlighting local food, a lively and stimulating children’s program and building relationships across every state in the South and from as far away as Nicaragua. We will post audio, video and images of the event as […]

Promoting Youth Leadership – Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee and Grant Fund

Last year Highlander set up a committee of young people who had participated in youth programs to help lead Seeds of Fire and to decide who will receive funds in a re-granting program started with the support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. The committee will have new members join every year and will also review the grant applications to determine who will receive grants. If you are interested in being part of the Seeds of Fire Advisory Committee for the next year, we are accepting applications by September 15. Youth groups working for social change from the South or Appalachia […]

Highlander Center Receives the 2012 Folk Alliance Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award

Along with legendary singers, Harry Belafonte and the late Robert Johnson, the Highlander Research and Education Center was recently honored as a recipient of the International Folk Alliance Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Award. Pam McMichael, Highlander Director, attended the 24th Annual International Folk Alliance Conference in February in Memphis to accept the prestigious award on Highlander’s behalf. The Folk Alliance International exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music, dance, and related performing arts and seeks to strengthen and advance organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field […]