Five Alabama Women Named to Hall of Fame

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Five Alabama women will be inducted into the Southern Rural Black Women's Hall of Fame next month.

Carrie Johnson of Choctaw County, who spent more than six decades as an advocate for civil and human rights, is among the inductees.

Also included is Judson College artist-in-residence Billie Jean Young, who founded and directed the Drama Project-Child Abuse Project, which uses improvisational drama to help women and children identify and respond to abuse.

The other nominees from Alabama, Gwendolyn Patton, Earnestine Edwards-Williams and Arzula Johnson, are also civil rights advocates.

Patton, who worked with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in her college years, established one of the first civil rights archives in the U.S. at Trenholm State Technical College.

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