Tag Archives: Highlander Folk School

‘Who are you intending to overcome?’ A talk with Pete Seeger

“The person who was really responsible for making it the number one song back in those days was a man named Guy Carawan. He got involved in the civil rights movement and was in charge of music at a tiny little labor school called Highlander Folk School. In 1960 Guy Carawan sent messages to the civil rights movement all through the South from Texas to Florida to Maryland. And he set up a whole weekend of singing in ‘the movement’ —- the movement, of course, meant the civil rights movement.”

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A school for subversives and Communists?

How would you like to have attended the same school that Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Martin Luther King Jr., Andrew Young, and Fanny Lou Hamer all attended? That would be Highlander Folk School, near Monteagle, TN, for many years the only place in the South where white and African-American adults could […]

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Teacher, author, activist Helen Lewis interviewed

“The Radical Roots Project brings together the stories of some of the region’s most thoughtful and cherished voices of cultural and political resistance through audio, photography, and word,” says site founder Taylor Kirkland. The following piece is a short excerpt from Kirkland’s interview with Helen Lewis about the latter’s early days teaching Appalachian Studies in […]

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"A Hard Journey: The Life of Don West" releases

“A Hard Journey” brings to life Don West, poet, ordained Congregationalist minister, labor organizer, educator, leftist activist, and one of the most important literary and political figures in the southern Appalachians during the middle years of the twentieth century. Author James J. Lorence is a professor emeritus of the University of Wisconsin, Marathon County, and […]

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