Highlander's PAR Institute

Ash-Lee Woodard-Henderson


Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is the first Black woman Executive Director of the Highlander Research & Education Center, a social justice leadership training school and cultural center founded in 1932. She’s also a leader in multiple movement organizations and formations, including the Movement for Black Lives, National Bailout Collective, and Southern Movement Assembly. Ash-Lee is a long-time activist working against environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia, and has fought for workers rights, racial justice, women and LGBTQUIA+ rights, reproductive justice, international human rights, and led-intergenerational social movements across the South.

PAR Institute Experiences: Staff & Design Team
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