Billie Jean passed March 30, 2021, but her memory and work live on here and in our hearts.
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~ Young frequently appears as a keynote,
motivational speaker or panelist for
performing arts and literary events.
~ As an author, she appears for poetry or book
readings from her works.
For more than three decades, Billie Jean has shared with the world the life story of human rights activist and Mississippi sharecropper Fannie Lou Hamer. In her moving performances of the highly acclaimed one-woman play – Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light – and in her efforts to give voice to the disenfranchised people of the rural Deep South and America, Billie Jean inspires change and creates new understandings in the spirit of Ms. Hamer. She has given more than 800 performances on four continents.
An actress, speaker, writer, activist and educator, Billie Jean Young works at home and abroad to build social bridges and encourage economic justice for all people.
A MacArthur Fellow, she has educated and inspired hundreds of audiences the world over through her theatrical performances, books, poetry readings and speeches.
~ Editor of Now How You Do? A Memoir about
Young's mother's life in the Alabama
Blackbelt in the 20th century.
~ Fear Not the Fall/Fannie Lou Hamer: This
Little Light is a book of poetry and drama - a
compilation of Young's autobiographical
poetry (Fear Not the Fall) and the first
publishing of her Fannie Lou Hamer bio-play
in book form.
~ Family Secrets biography, told to Young by Jaye Peay.
~ Playwright & actress in the one-woman show
Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light, still touring
after more than 800 performances.
~ Playwright & director of JimmyLee, a drama about
how the death of Jimmie Lee Jackson led to the
Selma March and Bloody Sunday. The Marion,
Alabama, production is in its 11th run.
~ Artist in Residence and Associate Professor of
Fine & Performing Arts at Judson College in
Marion, in her native Alabama.