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Highlander Research and Education Center (Knoxville, Tenn.)



  • Existence: 1932 -

Historical Information

Highlander Research and Education Center, formerly Highlander Folk School, is a social justice training center for emerging leaders in grassroots organizing and movement building.

In the 1950s-1960s, it played a crucial role in the Civil Rights movement by providing workshops and trainings to future movement leaders and was the incubator for many important civil rights initiatives such as the Montgomery bus boycott, Citizenship Schools, and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).


88 years of fighting for justice. (n.d.). Highlander Research and Education Center.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Mary O'Hara papers on Helen Bass Williams

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 311
Overview This collection documents Dr. Mary O'Hara's research into and relationship with Helen Bass Williams and includes research notes, correspondence, oral history recordings, interview transcripts, and published materials.
Dates: 1951 - 2007; Majority of material found within 1985 - 2000

Helen Bass Williams papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSP 310
Overview This collection includes documents, correspondence, published materials, photographs, and audio recordings collected and created by Helen Bass Williams that document her personal life, education, and her work as a civil rights activist in the South, educator, and counselor and professor at Purdue University.
Dates: 1915 - 2004; Majority of material found within circa 1960s and 1970s