Parkersburg, W.Va. 2/5/13 – In observance of Black History Month, West Virginia University at Parkersburg and DuPont Washington Works will co-sponsor a special event with Billie Jean Young. This actress, activist, poet and educator will present a moving performance of her one-woman play, “Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light.” The free public performance will take place in WVU Parkersburg’s theater, room 1305, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
For more than two decades, Young has shared with the world the life story of Fannie Lou Hamer, a human rights activist and sharecropper from Sunflower County, Miss. “Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light” is a compelling and brilliant portrayal about Hamer’s life, challenges and triumphs. It is a timeless story of courage, personal growth and selfless dedication to social justice and equality that is both entertaining and educational. Young, an artist-in-residence at Judson College in Marion, Ala., lives in the “Black Belt” of Alabama in Perry County, the home of Coretta Scott King and Albert Turner, Sr.
She is a prolific writer of children’s books, poems, historical plays and essays. A MacArthur Fellow, she has educated and inspired hundreds of audiences the world over through her poetry, lectures, drama workshops and community organizing.
For additional information, contact Debbie Richards at WVU Parkersburg, 304-424-8201, or John Hastie at DuPont Washington Works, 304-863-4864.