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Billie Jean Young to Portray Fannie Lou Hamer

Written by Gabrielle Little

bille jean young as fannie lou hammer.jpgWillimantic, Conn. - Actor and poet Billie Jean Young will present at Eastern Connecticut State University's University Hour Series from 3-4 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Student Center Theatre. Young's presentation will include a performance of the one-woman show, "Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light."  The public is invited. Admission is free.

Young's captivating, award-winning show recaptures the breadth and majesty of Hamer's brave journey from a downtrodden field worker to a victorious champion of civil and human rights.
In 2004, Young performed her re-enactment of the speech that Hamer presented at the 1964 Democratic National Convention. Young is a resident of Perry County, AL, where she serves as an artist-in-residence at Judson College in Marion.

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