Feb. 14 Zoom Inservice: Race Relations of the 1930s-1950s and the Highlander Folk School

Among the attendees at the 25th anniversary of
Highlander were Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.
PHOTO: Highlander Research and Education Center


Tennessee was a different place in the 1950s. People still remembered the occasional lynchings of the 1920s and the heavily publicized Klan meetings of the 1930s — something a search through the state’s newspapers makes clear. Also, interracial schools and interracial marriage weren’t just frowned upon — they were completely banned. This context makes the story of the Highlander Folk School of Monteagle, Tennessee, all the more remarkable.

In this two-hour Zoom presentation, “History Bill” will set the stage with a power point about Tennessee in the 1930s-1950s — emphasizing just how different race relations were in that era than they are today.

Columbia State adjunct professor Emily Senefeld will follow, with a presentation about the Highlander Folk School — why it was started, why it changed its focus, what were its tactics and how was it effective. The story involves Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Septima Clark, Myles Horton, Ralph Abernathy, Pete Seeger, and many others.

Click here to register for this Feb. 14 event.