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Homecoming at Highlander

Integrated workshop, 1940s PHOTO COURTESY HIGHLANDER

Integrated workshop, 1940s PHOTO COURTESY HIGHLANDER

By Grace Lee Boggs
Special to the Michigan Citizen

Last weekend, I had the honor and pleasure of spending three days at the legendary Highlander Center, where, since 1932, the famous and the nameless have been meeting to define and redefine the American Revolution to mean NOT the seizure of state power, but loving America enough to change it into a beacon for social justice..

It was an awesome once in a lifetime experience:

– Living in the house of founder Myles Horton (1905-1990)  with its stunning view of  the Smokey Mountains;

– Singing  Freedom songs  and “We are the leaders we’re waiting for!” in large group meetings,

– Learning about  Highlander programs from  Executive Director Pam McMichels,

– Discussing  “Where do we go from here?” with Joyce &  Nelson Johnson from Greensboro, NC and UCLA Professor Robin Kelley.

– Enjoying the southern cooking of the talented kitchen staff

I was especially happy that among the hundreds of dark-hairs and grey-hairs gathered for this memorable weekend there were about 20 folks from Detroit’s Boggs Center and our many grassroots projects.

Thank you, Kim Sherrobi, and  Barbara Stachowski,  for your patience and forbearance in getting this 98-year-old in a wheelchair from one city and one place to the next.

 

Sept. 1957 — Martin Luther King, Jr., Pete Seeger, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy PHOTO COURTESY HIGHLANDER

Sept. 1957 — Martin Luther King, Jr., Pete Seeger, Charis Horton, Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy Rosa Parks, Ralph Abernathy
PHOTO COURTESY HIGHLANDER

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