• Black Belt Hall of Fame calls for nominations

    Posted: May 24, 2011


    The University of West Alabama’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt is now accepting nominations for Black Belt Hall of Fame membership.

    The mission of the Black Belt Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those associated with the Black Belt who have had a positive impact on the region, the state, the nation, and the world through contributions in art, business, education, industry, medicine, politics, law and science. Those to be considered for induction may be living or deceased. Inductees must have either been born in the Black Belt, spent a significant amount of time in the Black Belt, and/or had a significant impact on the Black Belt specifically.

    “We were pleased to induct story-teller Kathryn Tucker Windham and educator William James Edwards last year,” said Burnes. The two joined previous inductee, folksinger Vera Hall. “There are deserving individuals that have distinguished themselves as significant contributors to and supporters of the culture and people of the Black Belt region,” added Burnes. “We are excited to begin the process of accepting nominations for 2012 in order to recognize two more outstanding individuals.”

    The Black Belt Hall of Fame nomination form is available online at www.uwa.edu and at www.centerforblackbelt.org. The deadline for nomination submissions is Wednesday, August 31, 2011. For more information, please contact Valerie Burnes at 205-652-3829 or vburnes@uwa.edu. Submissions may also be mailed to the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, UWA Station 45, Livingston, AL, 35470.
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