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Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson    

Activist & Co-Executive Director of The Highlander Research & Education Center

Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is an activist and Co-Executive Director of The Highlander Research and Education Center, a grassroots organization that builds broad movements for social, economic and restorative environmental change.

A self-proclaimed Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), Henderson has been a Highlander board member since 2012 and has assisted with Highlander's Cultural Organizers’ Weekend and transitions.

Henderson comes to Highlander from Project South, where she is a member and regional organizer, active participant on the governing council of the Southern Movement Assembly, and organizer with Concerned Citizens for Justice.

She also has extensive experience in community organizing and is a former staff member of the Chicago SNCC History Project, and a past member of the United Students Against Sweatshops National Coordinating, Political Education, and Collective Liberation Committees.

Additionally, she is a long-time activist working around issues pertaining to mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia, and has served on the National Council of the Student Environmental Action Coalition. She is also an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives.


Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson | HuffPost

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