We are pleased to have among our authors, Billie Jean Young, the noted professor of drama, director and playwright (whose behind the scenes efforts made the movie, Mississippi Burning, possible -- she also played a role in the movie). Billie Jean Young, a MacArthur Fellow, is also world renowned for her one-woman production, Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light, with over 600 performances on four continents. For more than 25 years, Billie Jean Young has been inspiring others through her creativity and wisdom.~Learn more about Billie Jean Young~
She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Fannie Lou Hamer On The Road To Freedom Award from the Congressional Black Caucus, the Mississippi Governor's Award for Artistic Achievement, and the Lucy Terry Prince Unsung Heroine Award. She was honored by ESSENCE magazine as a "Legend in Our Time."
As a community activist, Young has been instrumental in organizing rural black women across the state of Alabama in the tri-state Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative, founding The Drama Project/Child Abuse Project in Drama (CAPID) for the Belize Rural Women's Association, and co-founding the Southern Rural Women's Network.
Her latest published work, Now How You Do?: A Memoir, came to us unexpectedly and has turned out to be quite a success. The memoir focuses on the life, family and philosophy of Susie Mae Young through the stories woven into eighty-one letters written to her daughters, including Billie Jean Young.