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[Xmca-l] Re: The Highlander Center in Tennessee

Well, there certainly is a lot to be said about Highlander!
I would be very willing to participate in a collaborative effort to recall this amazing institution to MCA readers. As it happens, its current incarnation, the Highlander Research and Education Center, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer next month, but one of the astounding features of this place is that it has survived alive through 82 years in the heart of Dixie teaching radical democracy to integrated classes and taking its students out on to picket lines and voter registration drives as part of their "course work". Absolutely astounding. It is also a "design experiment" inasmuch as Myles Horton used it to "experiment" to develop his methods of social change. And a rare case in which a school has literally changed history, and consciously so. But the fact is that I am a foreigner who only learnt that this place existed a couple of weeks ago. Robert Lake on the other hand does know a lot about it, and maybe Helena Worthen would like to contribute. The larger context in which it has arisen in my research may just be too large to introduce into a review article which does Highlander justice, but I could add a line or too on that if Robert could write the bulk of it.

*Andy Blunden*

mike cole wrote:
This entire line of discussion, including Highlander and Septima seems ripe for a kind of review essay for MCA. Might a couple of you involved in recuperating this important history consider creating a survey/ guide for the rest of us?

On Friday, August 29, 2014, Robert Lake <boblake@georgiasouthern.edu <mailto:boblake@georgiasouthern.edu>> wrote:

    ​Hi ​
    I am so glad you are intrigued by Septima's role in the formation
    of SNCC .
    She was often overlooked in the chauvinist culture of the times
    (both white
    and black) and that is why began researching her life. Most people see
    recognize Rosa Parks and Ella Baker's role and later those who were
    credited for the "Freedom School curriculum​
    ​". If you look at Clark's life and the manner and content of what she
    taught on John's Island and other parts of South Carolina, ​
    ​you can easily recognize that her work was seminal in the
    formation of the
    Freedom School Curriculum.

    I have tried to get permission to reprint Septima's autobiography
    from her
family, but I have been unsuccessful. The book by Cynthia Brown *Ready
    from Within *has a lot of  primary source interviews. Catherine Mellon
    Charon's book,  *Septima Clark: Freedom's Teacher *is richly
    detailed with
    many interviews of her friends  and documents from primary sources
    from the
    University of Wisconsin Highlander collection.

    Here is a link to a recorded interview with Septima that may be
    useful to
    you. I enjoyed hearing her voice at least.




    On Aug 29, 2014 5:05 AM, "Andy Blunden" <ablunden@mira.net
    <javascript:;>> wrote:

    > So you are placing Septima Clark right up there in importance,
    > I am part way through a "chronicle" of Highlander, called
    "Highlander. No
    > Ordinary school, 1932-1962". It is very useful for me, so I can get
    > everything in sequence. So here I discovered that Septima Clark
    was in
    > charge of the discussions with the students who later joined
    SNCC. So she
    > is coming into focus for me. I have just ordered two books on her,
    > including the one you recommended. Unfortuantely, an
    autobiography she
    > wrote in 1962 seems to be out of print and entirely unavailable now.
    > Andy
    > *Andy Blunden*
    > http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
    > Robert Lake wrote:
    >> Hi Andy,
    >> Yes I do. Start with this .
    >> http://highlandercenter.org/about-us/history/
    >> And this biography of Myles Horton
    >>  http://www.amazon.com/The-Long-Haul-An-Autobiography/dp/0807737003
    >> and the biography of Septima Clark.
    >>  http://www.amazon.com/Freedoms-Teacher-Life-Septima-
    >> Clark/dp/0807872229/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=
    >> 1408889271&sr=1-2&keywords=septima+clark <http://www.amazon.com/
    >> Freedoms-Teacher-Life-Septima-Clark/dp/0807872229/ref=sr_1_
    >> 2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1408889271&sr=1-2&keywords=septima+clark>
    >> I have written a piece on her as well and will send it this
    >> I think the book We Make the Road by Walking: A dialogue
    between Myles
    >> Horton and Paulo Freire
    >> is one of the best books on both these leaders.
    >> More Later,
    >> Robert Lake
    >> I will send more this afternoon.
    >> On Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 9:31 AM, Andy Blunden
    <ablunden@mira.net <javascript:;> <mailto:
    >> ablunden@mira.net <javascript:;>>> wrote:
    >>     Does anyone on this list know about the Highlander Center, what
    >>     used to be called the Highlander Folk School?
    >>     The people there are very helpful, but they're also rushed off
    >>     their feet (like everyone, I guess) and if there were any other
    >>     sources of information about it, that would be helpful. I'm
    >>     particularly interested if anyone is familiar with what
    they were
    >>     doing in the 1950s and 60s.
    >>     Andy
>> -- ------------------------------------------------------------
    >> ------------
    >>     *Andy Blunden*
    >>     http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
    >>     <http://home.pacific.net.au/%7Eandy/>
    >> --
    >> *Robert Lake  Ed.D.
    >> *Associate Professor
    >> Social Foundations of Education
    >> Dept. of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading
    >> Georgia Southern University
    >> Secretary/Treasurer-AERA- Paulo Freire Special Interest Group
    >> P. O. Box 8144
    >> Phone: (912) 478-0355
    >> Fax: (912) 478-5382
    >> Statesboro, GA  30460