Selected Moments of the 20th Century

A work in progress edited by Daniel Schugurensky
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology,
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT)


Myles Horton creates the Highlander Research and Education Center

In 1932, Myles Horton found the Highlander Research and Education Center. The Highlander Center has helped many regain control of their lives, both socially and economically. While Highlander is often noted as justice schools, however, as Myles Horton said, it is really the same school with different people dealing with diverse and continually changing issues of injustice along the way.

In the 1930's and 40's, Highlander was originally involved in training farmers and laborers in economic justice issues. In the 50's and 60's its goals shifted towards civil rights. As a result Esau Jenkins and others began literacy programs for poor, southern Blacks in order to vote. Highlander was also a meeting place and training ground for Civil Rights Movement leaders including Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Andrew Young, Stokie Carmichael, and members of SCLC and SNCC.

Currently, the Highlander "works with people struggling against injustice, supporting their efforts to take collective action to shape their own destiny. (It) seek(s) to create educational experiences that empower people to take democratic leadership towards fundamental change."

For more information please see:

Highlander Research and Education Center

The Ithaca Highlander Education Group Home Page

Myles Horton (National-Louis University)


Prepared by Jenny Lee (UCLA)


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