myles horton

myles horton


intro’d to Myles via Carol‘s recommend to read – the long haul… esp in regard to the struggle of a movement/change..


first take in here: interview with Bill Moyers from 1981

Radical Hillbilly – A Wisdom Teacher for Activism and Civic Engagement

6 min – you don’t teach people things.. you help them learn

8 min – your experiences are the curriculum..

hadn’t learned to analyze experiences .. so hadn’t learned from them..

you only learn from experiences you learn from

10 min – education is to get people to fit into the system.. whatever system they are living in.. they become the nuts and bolts of the system… whatever kind of system it is

highlander realizes that people don’t fit into systems.. people are creative.. we believe in a lot of pluralism
11 min – people have all this power..  but it’s suppressed by ie: school system… you can’t get people to do something they think is wrong
12 min – seeds are already there.. crusted over.. we dig for them..  individuality is enhanced by being a part of a group
14 min – you can’t be a revolutionary if you don’t love people – nt; be creative – ot
16 min – do things w/o fear of punishment or for reward – shelley
17 min – if something is right/good for me.. i’ve got to work to make it right/good for everyone.. i can’t have something that isn’t for you or for the poorest person in the world.. i have to work for that..
20 min – my conscience has to be my guide… communist party wanted him then didn’t when he started highlander.. because it showed he was thinking for himself
23 min – i believe in laws.. but by questioning unjust laws…
we have trimmings of democracy… but that’s all..
25 min – i believe in pluralistic society .. and to my mind.. no country has thought too seriously enough about how to do this
ni ness
29 min – on telling his friend he didn’t understand his lectures.. finding out no one did
34 min – change society by understanding it.. we weren’t going to organize.. to do a good ed teach people how to think .. to analyze.. they can become organizers…

i don’t believe in this training people to do things.. you liberate them and then they train themselves

self-organizing ness.. no train ing
38 min – had to learn a whole new way of communicating.. you don’t ask what they want to learn.. you just listen.. more than just words…
quiet enough

41 min – you don’t motivate someone.. you help them to motivate themselves

49 min – if you don’t know fear.. on the cutting edge of social change…

1:14 – what blacks have known all the time and people don’t know.. they hit/kill them because they’re black

1:15 – accelerating the rate of oppression on people by not understanding that it has to be a struggle...
the greatest ed comes from action and the greatest action is struggle for justice…
1:16 – that conflict is already there… but hushed up from both sides… violence operating in various ways… maybe by interpreting we can confront it in order to resolved… higher level of justice… not just to settle..
1:18 – rosa parks was at highlander a couple months before bus
1:20 – rosa said that at highlander for the first time she had met white people she could fully trust
1:21 – she didn’t go back with any plans.. she just went back with a different spirit
1:40 – wait till people get disillusioned.. then they can analyze that.. and tackle problems on their own
1:45 – two theories of revolution… 1\ desperate – think someone is going to save them.. end up making bad choices   2\ rising expectations – save self
1:48 – democracy – a way for people to control their lives
1:52 – i’m an instrument.. that’s why i don’t take things personally.. to help empower people
1:53 – really the way you educate is by example..


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Myles Falls Horton (July 9, 1905 – January 19, 1990) was an American educator, socialist and cofounder of the Highlander Folk School, famous for its role in the Civil Rights Movement (Movement leader James Bevel called Horton “The Father of the Civil Rights Movement”). Horton taught and heavily influenced most of the era’s leaders. They included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks (who studied with Horton shortly before her decision to keep her seat on the Montgomery, Alabama bus in 1955), John Lewis, James Bevel, Bernard Lafayette, Ralph Abernathy, John B. Thompson, and many others.