The E Pluribus Unum Foundation seeks to transcend the current tribalism of American politics and to strengthen American democracy through civil, local engagement. The Foundation’s mission is to promote and facilitate the conversations necessary to reinvigorate a national, unifying commitment to the shared obligations of citizenship in a democracy.
Through local engagement, we seek to renew the cultural and economic relationships that unite, strengthen, and sustain American communities.
A real, strategic CAMPAIGN to reinvigorate democracy in three ways:
Restore and reinvigorate a lost commitment to local community engagement and activism to address today’s challenges.
Veterans & local leaders extending the message and energy of the Historic Highlander to rural America.
“We Shall” Productions
Using the tools of modern media to unite rather than divide and to extend these methods nationally.
Between 1932 and 1962, the Highlander Folk School library was an epicenter for anti-segregation and rural worker education in the South. The school supported both the labor movement before World War Two and the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, John Lewis, Andrew Young, Diane Nash, and Septima Clark, among others, worked at or attended non-violence and organizing workshops at the campus. The Montgomery Bus Boycott and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee were initially planned in Monteagle. Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Eleanor Roosevelt also made pilgrimages to the school. The anthem of the Civil Rights Movement, We Shall Overcome, was first introduced as a protest song at Highlander.
The E Pluribus Unum Foundation is now working with local and national veterans groups to help restore the original Highlander Folk School Library and use it as an educational foundation to expand the reach of the Democracy Network and empower local civic engagement across rural America.
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