Photograph of Avon W. Pollins, Lorraine Hansberry, Nina Simone, Marion Barry Jr., John Lewis, and Ella Baker singing, Highlander Folk School, Monteagle, Tennessee
via The Highlander Folk School: A Photographic History (source: Atlanta Magazine)
From 1932 - 1962, the Highlander Folk School provided invaluable training for civil rights activists and labor organizers. Among the school’s trainees were Rosa Parks, Septima Clark, Martin Luther King, Jr., Ralph Abernathy and John Lewis.
In response to backlash against the school for its involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, the state of Tennessee revoked the school’s charter in 1962.