- NAME: Myles Horton
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Environmental Activist
- BIRTH DATE: July 19, 1905
- DEATH DATE: January 19, 1990
- EDUCATION: Cumberland University, University of Chicago, Union Theological Seminary
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Near Savannah, Tennessee
- PLACE OF DEATH: New Market, Tennessee
- Full Name: Myles Falls Horton
- AKA: Myles Horton
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20th century visionary Myles Horton founded the Highlander Folk School in Tennessee, focusing on labor organizing, civil rights and advocacy for the poor.
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Horton retired as director in 1973, but remained active with the institution afterward.
Myles Horton died in New Market on January 19, 1990, of brain cancer. He was survived by his two children. Books on his life include his autobiography, The Long Haul,
and We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change by Paulo Freire; both works were published in the year of his passing.
A documentary on Highlander and its activists—You Got to Move: Stories of Change in the South—was released in 1985.
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