Who is Myles Horton?
Take a Look Into the Life of Myles Horton
The Life of Myles Horton
Myles Horton was an Environmental Activist and a Civil Rights Activist. Ever since he was born in 1905 he committed his life to see what people have to say. In 1927 he worked at a Presbyterian Church and ran community meetings that focused on people telling their story. Eight years later, Myles and a man named Don West opened Highlander Folk School in Monteagle, Tennessee. The school focused on people sharing their experiences. The courses at the school were Labor Issues, Literacy, Leadership and Non violent desegregation strategies.
Highlander Folk school was a school that helped launch “Citizenship schools” across the south to help African Americans be able to read to pass literation tests in order to vote in the south. He was an author of 3 books. On January 19th, 1990 Myles Horton died in New Market Tennessee due to a brain disease.
Highlander Folk School Sign outside of the school for visitors to see.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and in class at Highlander
One of three of Myles Horton's Books.