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Ash-Lee Henderson

Highlander Research and Education Center
Co-Executive Director
Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson is a 32 year old, Affrilachian (Black Appalachian), working class woman, born and raised in Southeast Tennessee. She is the co-executive director of the Highlander Research & Education Center in New Market, TN. She has served in positions of leadership for many organizations including being the past president of the Black Affairs Association at East Tennessee State University and the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She holds a B.A. in English with a minor in African and African American History. She has extensive experience with community organizing and is a former staff member of the Chicago SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee) 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 of mountaintop removal mining, and environmental racism in central and southern Appalachia. She is an active participant in the Movement for Black Lives and serves on the governance council of the Southern Movement Assembly.