RESCHEDULED: Author talk: Kim Ruehl on “A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School”
Author Kim Ruehl will discuss her book, “A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School.”
Zilphia Horton was a pioneer of cultural organizing, an activist and musician who taught people how to use the arts as a tool for social change, and a catalyst for anthems of empowerment such as “We Shall Overcome” and “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Her contributions to the Highlander Folk School, a pivotal center of the labor and civil rights movements in the mid-twentieth century, and her work creating the songbook of the labor movement influenced countless figures, from Woody Guthrie to Eleanor Roosevelt to Rosa Parks.
Despite her outsized impact, Horton’s story is little known. A Singing Army draws on extensive archival and oral history research and interviews with Horton’s family and friends to introduce this overlooked figure to the world.