On June 23rd, join (G)RACE Speaks for a special presentation from Highlander Co-Executive Director Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele. For thousands of people across identities, generations, and geographies, Highlander Research and Education Center is a sacred Civil Rights Movement home. Grounded in its legacy as part of the progressive labor movements, Black freedom struggles, and the fight for environmental justice, Highlander has been a catalyst for grassroots, popular education, and multiracial organizing across Appalachia and the American south throughout its 87-year history.
The Center has consistently fought oppositional forces, including an attack this past March during which the Highlander office building was destroyed by fire along with a white supremacist symbol spray-painted in the parking lot. From its residential educational center home on a hilltop in East Tennessee, Highlander brings people together to share experiences, identify patterns that folks are battling, and to strategize for building the world we all deserve.
Highlander Co-Executive Director Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele
Raised in Texas, Germany and North Carolina, Rev. Allyn Maxfield-Steele’s movement work has included solidarity struggles with Thai people’s movements, work as an educator and organizer in Spartanburg, SC, and a range of support for front-line struggles in Nashville, TN, and throughout the South and Appalachia. An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Allyn has served congregations in Juneau, AK, Nashville, and Springfield, TN. Allyn’s focus and interests lie at the intersection of radical pastoral care, institutional transformation, dismantling toxic white masculinities, and liberation-driven ministry and movement building, especially in rural and small town communities. Allyn holds a B.A. in History from Wofford College (SC) and an M. Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School.