Historic Civil Rights Center celebrates 80 years strong

Tracy Wells Miller, on the floor in the center, takes notes as Erin Haverland, Ernesto Rivera Saavedra, Dylan Eyre and Carina Saavedra, left to right, discuss ideas in a language justice session during the 80th anniversary celebration at the Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market on Saturday. The center celebrated its 80th anniversary with two days of workshops, music, guest speakers and dancing. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

NEW MARKET — The Highlander Research and Education Center, a place of cultural relationship-building, is celebrating 80 years of social justice this weekend with residential workshops, food, art and movies.

Fifty-five years ago, civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks were photographed in front of the center's library for the 25th anniversary of the Highlander Center, at which King served as the keynote speaker.

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