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



Your idea sounds like a real good idea to me, Andy- I am pretty sure
        there are others around XMCA with interesting connections to
        Highlander. The topic is certainly relevant to discussions of
poverty and education, and a lot more of interest to this list.
        mike


On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:

> 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
>
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *Andy Blunden*
> http://home.pacific.net.au/~andy/
>
>
> 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?
>> Mike
>>
>> On Friday, August 29, 2014, Robert Lake <boblake@georgiasouthern.edu
>> <mailto:boblake@georgiasouthern.edu>> wrote:
>>
>>     ​Hi ​
>>     ​Andy,
>>     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.
>>
>>     http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/G-0017/menu.html
>>
>>     *Robert*
>>
>>
>>     ​
>>
>>     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,
>>     Robert.
>>     > 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/
>>     <http://home.pacific.net.au/%7Eandy/>
>>     >
>>     >
>>     > 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
>>     afternoon.
>>     >>
>>     >>
>>     >> 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/>
>>     >>     <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
>>     >>
>>     >>
>>     >>
>>     >
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