Candie Carawan and her late husband Guy Carawan have been associated with Highlander Folk School for more than forty years. Candie came as a student participant to the first gathering of students involved in the Sit-In movement in April 1960. Guy came first as a volunteer in 1959, offering his musical skills at workshops and community events.
Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, the Carawans organized cultural workshops at Highlander and in the field, focused on civil rights, citizenship education in the Sea Islands, and coalfield and environmental organizing in Appalachia. They documented in recordings and in books Southern and Appalachian musical traditions — especially as they related to community struggles for justice — and helped infuse a cultural component into all Highlander workshops and programs. In the 1990s Candie also served as residential education coordinator. The Carawans live next door to Highlander and currently serve as consultants to the school. Guy Carawan passed away on May 2nd, 2015.