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Meet Ash-Lee Henderson-The Affrilachian Activist and Organizer Fighting for Racial Equality

September 30, 2020

In this episode, Ash-Lee tells us how her upbringing inspired her to become an activist from a young age and how she has made her lifelong mission to organize and advocate for racial equality and social justice.  


Ash-Lee Henderson is the first Black woman to serve as the Executive Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center in Tennessee. She identifies as Affrilachian (Black Appalachian) and was born and raised in Southeast Tennessee, attending East Tennessee University. Henderson is an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives and a strong member of the Southern Freedom Movement and resistance of black liberation struggles in the U.S.



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