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Highlander Folk School. Lue Her. Early Years. Founded in 1932 by Myles H orton, Don West and James A. Dombroski Originally established in Grundry County, Tennessee. Early Years. D uring the 1930s and 1940s, the school’s main focus was labor education and the training of labor organizers

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Highlander folk school

Highlander Folk School

Lue Her


Early years

Early Years

  • Founded in 1932 by Myles Horton, Don West and James A. Dombroski

  • Originally established in Grundry County, Tennessee.


Early years1

Early Years

  • During the 1930s and 1940s, the school’s main focus was labor education and the training of labor organizers

  • Highlander Folk School was crated “to provide an educational center in the south for the training of rural and industrial leaders, and for the conservation and enrichment of the indigenous cultural values of the mountains.”


  • Civil rights

    Civil Rights

    • in the 1950’s it turned its focus to the issues of civil rights and desegregation

    • Teamed up with Esau Jenkins of Johns Island to develop a program for African-Americans who were prevented from registering to vote by literacy requirements

  • SeptimaClark

    • was taught at the Highlander Folk School

    • Citizenship Education School was started by Septima afterwards and it spread throughout the South and helped thousands of African Americans


  • Backlash

    Backlash

    • in the late 1950s newspapers attacked Highlander for supposedly creating racial strife

    • In 1957, the school was accused of being a communist training school because of a picture of a photograph of supposedly of Martin Luther King and Gus Hall, claiming that it was taken at the school.

    • In 1961, the state of TN, revoked their charter after planning moonshine and confiscating it land and property.


    Appalachian issues

    Appalachian Issues

    • In the 1960s and 1970s, Highlander began to focus on worker health and safety in the coalfields of Appalachia.

    • Its leaders played a role in the emergence of the region's environmental justice movement.

    •  It helped start the Southern Appalachian Leadership Training (SALT) program, and coordinated a survey of land ownership in Appalachia.

  • In the 1980s and 1990s, Highlander broadened from that base into broader regional, national, and international environmentalism


  • Present day

    Present Day

    • Currently focuses on the issues of democratic participation and economic justice, with a particular focus on youth, immigrants to the U.S. from Latin America, African Americans and the poor.


    Reference

    Reference

    • http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/feature/highlander/

    • http://www.southernhistory.net/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=10263


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