11/17/2009 - Artist Young inducted into "Black Women's Hall of Fame"
Judson College Artist-in-Residence Billie Jean Young was inducted into the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative Hall of Fame on Nov. 6 in Montgomery.
"Dr. Young was selected because she has used her talents to capture the history and struggles of black people," said Sophia Bracy Harris, director of both the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama and the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative.
She cited Young's well-received new play, "JimmyLee," which chronicles the civil rights movement days in 1965 leading up to the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson in Marion.
Young has written many other plays which chronicle African-American and Alabama Black Belt history including "Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light . . ."; "J. H. Davis: The Invisible Giant"; "O' Mary, Don't you Weep: Margaret Ann Knott"; "Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad" and "The Coffeeville Play."
Young's latest work is a one-person play called "Three Women Talking" which premiered in Belize, Central America last March.
"Dr. Young's work has inspired others and it is our hope that many others will be inspired by our placement of this award; our stories must be told," said Harris.
Vanessa Manley of "Chosen Vessels Dance" of Atlanta performed a tribute at the induction from "Eve" a new work which features poetry from Dr. Young's book, "Fear Not the Fall."
Marion attendees included Judson College president, Dr. David Potts and Academic Dean Sara Kiser, along with Young's family and friends from across the state and region.
The four other women inducted into the SRBI Hall of Fame were Carrie Mae Johnson of Lisman, Arzula Johnson of Pineapple, Earnestine Edwards-Williams of Bessemer and Gwendolyn Patton of Montgomery.
*Article courtesy of the Judson College Public Relations Department.