Appalachia has a rich, if relatively unknown, history of social movements. This webinar, facilitated by Zac Henson, will be a brief synopsis of some of these movements.
The first movement we will cover is Highlander Research and Education Center, founded by Myles Horton, in 1935 to organize farmers and coal miners for resistance. What began as an experiment to organize Appalachian people, quickly grew into an engagement throughout the South, including training Martin Luther King, Jr in popular education and non-violent resistance. Later Highlander would engage in LGBTQ organizing in the South and work more on an intersectional level and more recently Highlander has begun helping organize the South regional cooperative movement.
The Young Patriots were a group of white, working class organizers in Chicago who migrated to the Uptown Neighborhood of Chicago and worked with The Black Panthers to form the Rainbow Coalition.
Finally, in 1921, 10,000 coal miners in West Virginia would organize to confront the Pinkertons and the company over the formation of a union.