From The Vault 1 Hour Version:FTV 0535 Highlander Folk School 1960 
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From The Vault 1 Hour Version  FTV 0535 Highlander Folk School 1960   
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Mark Torres  Pacifica Radio Archives  For non-profit use only. 
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In this edition of From The Vault we present our 1960 documentary about the Highlander Folk School produced by legendary KPFA Public Affairs Director Elsa Knight Thompson.   
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In 1932, Myles Norton and friends formed the Highlander Folk School in rural Tennessee to help coal miners and other labor leaders understand what it takes to organize and demand livable wages and benefits for their families during the Great Depression. By the mid 1950's, the focus changed to organizing participants in the Civil Rights Movement.

Some of the notable names that passed through the School in the first 30 years include first Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and Pete Seeger.

In 1960, KPFA Public Affairs Director Elsa Knight Thompson produced a 2 hour documentary about the School. She interviewed founder Myles Horton, Education director Septima Clark, Esau Jenkins and others to find out about early days of the School and the challenges since.

In 1961, The State of Tennessee revoked the Schools charter and confiscated the property. Myles Horton simply reincorporated as the Highlander Education and Resource Center and moved to Knoxville and later New Market Tennessee where it continues doing it's work today.

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Highlander Folk School 1960 
Transcript, Announcer Script Location Recorded Release Date Language
View Script  Los Angeles, Pacifica Radio Archives  08-11-2016  English 
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fromvault1hourversion  128Kbps mp3 (53.91MB) Stereo 
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