Date: October 1998
Contact: Jeri Roseboro
A dramatic portrayal of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer will be staged at Colby College in Waterville at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, as part of Colby's 1998 Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Symposium. The performance, "Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light...," will be in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union and is open to the public free of charge.
A one-woman show written and performed by artist Billie Jean Young of Birmingham, Ala., the program profiles the life of Mississippi-born freedom fighter Fanny Lou Hamer and captures the spirit of the sixties and the Civil Rights Movement through drama and song. A reception will be held in the Pugh Center immediately following the program.
Young, a MacArthur Foundation Fellow and former professor of speech and dramatic art, is director of The Drama Project, which she founded in Alabama. Her performance was presented at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing.
The Bunche Symposium at Colby is held annually in conjunction with the Ralph J. Bunche Scholarship program for outstanding students of color. The scholarship program was started at Colby in 1979 to honor the memory of Nobel prize-winning diplomat, civil rights activist and friend of the college Ralph J. Bunche.