Congresswoman Terri Sewell to keynote Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony
Terrycina Andrea “Terri” Sewell, U.S. Representative for Alabama’s 7th congressional district, will be this year’s keynote speaker at the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Sewell has been the district’s representative since 2011.
Kathryn Tucker Windham will be inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame on March 12, 2015. The ceremony will take place on the campus of Judson College in Marion, Ala. Windham is well-known as a master storyteller, author of twenty-nine books, playwright, photographer and popular public television and radio personality.
Sewell is a native of Selma, Ala. She is a graduate of Princeton University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, and is a public finance attorney. Sewell and Martha Roby are the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in regular elections.
Alabama’s 7th congressional district includes most of the Black Belt, as well as portions of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa. Sewell is the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama. She is the only Democrat in Alabama’s seven-member Congressional delegation.
Sewell served as co-chair of the Women’s Fund “Voices Against Violence” inaugural campaign, which promoted women helping women to overcome domestic violence. The campaign raised more than $70,000 in four months to fight domestic violence in Birmingham, providing funds to establish the first Domestic Violence Court in Birmingham Municipal Court. Sewell led the effort to have Teach for America select Alabama’s Black Belt region as a new site in 2010.
Sewell has served on numerous boards, including St. Vincent’s Foundation (elected Treasurer of the Board and Chair of its Finance Committee); Girl Scouts of Cahaba Council; the Alabama Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society; the Community Advisory Board for the UAB Minority Health and Research Center; the Governing Board of the Alabama Council on Economic Education; and she is a member of the Corporate Partners Council for Birmingham Art Museum.
The induction ceremony will take place at 10:30a.m. in Alumnae Auditorium on the Judson College campus in Marion, AL, and will be open to the public at no charge. A luncheon in Windham’s honor will follow the induction ceremony. Reservations are required for the luncheon and must be made by March 6 by calling (334) 683-5109.
The Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame, founded in 1970, is housed in the A. Howard Bean Hall on the campus of Judson College in Marion, AL.