Highlander Celebrates 80 Years

The Highlander Research and Education Center celebrated 80 years of social justice this weekend with residential workshops, food, art and movies. Civil rights leader Rosa Parks first came to Highlander four months before she refused to give up her bus seat. Parks was already a dedicated activist when she spent two weeks at the center and was astonished by the cooperation among people of all races, according to the center's executive director, Pam McMichael. "She talked about how seeing black and white people working together, talking together, eating together really gave her hope that it could be that way, that things could change." The News Sentinel has more