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Billie Jean Young performs as Fannie Lou Hamer in New York

Fannie Lou Hamer, 1917-1962



"Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light...'" was presented by the Rural Development Leadership Network on July 24 and 25 at the National Black Theatre in Harlem. The show was created and is performed worldwide by Billie Jean Young, poet, activist, and MacArthur Fellow from Pennington, Alabama. Dr. Young was founding Chairwoman of the Rural Development Leadership Network. She leads the Southeast Alabama Association of Rural and Minority Women (SAAR-MW) and the Drama Project. www.billiejeanyoung.org

The National Black Theatre, founded by Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, CEO, in 1968, presented the show with RDLN in the summer of 2004 and 2005. www.nationalblacktheatre.org

Fannie Lou Hamer was a Pioneer Civil Rights Activist in Voter Registration who led the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in Challenging the Mississippi delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City in 1964.

Billie Jean Young as Fannie Lou Hamer

  Joan Roches from Belize, a member of RDLN delegation to the NGO Forum on Women in China in 1995, now living in Brooklyn, joined the audience.
Billie Jean Young after performance with Matt Warneke, son of RDLN graduate Nancy Warneke Gaynor (MT), who was in New York for an internship with the baseball commission

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