Appalachian Education

Despite popular perception, there exists a long and deeply embedded history of liberatory education, literacy, and literariness in the Appalachian region of the United States. The markers of this history include institutions—from the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tennessee, where social reformers including Martin Luther King, Jr., studied, to Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, which was racially integrated before the Civil War and continues to offer tuition-free higher education to low-income and working-class families. They include, as well, some of the most important social justice advocates and educators in the history of the United States who either hailed from or spent considerable time in the region, including Highlander's founder, Myles Horton. Finally, they include a consistent stream of education-focused civic engagement and ...

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