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Mar 11, 2014

Dr. Billie Jean Young in the jewel for women’s month

Carolyn Reynolds

Actor, activist, poet, and educator, Doctor Billie Jean Young is here in the jewel in celebration of Women’s Month. The Women’s Issues Network Belize (WIN-Belize) has planned several activities for the month designated for women, but this week’s activities, the agency collaborated with the United States Embassy to have Doctor Young make several presentations to women. Doctor Young has inspired numerous gatherings throughout the world through her poetry, lectures and drama workshops. One such production is a woman-play entitled, “Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light” which gives a voice to the social and economic injustices currently affecting black people, specifically women. The message will be taken to several institutions including the University of Belize on Wednesday. Doctor Young and Executive Director of WIN Belize, Carolyn Reynolds, spoke to News Five this afternoon about the week-long activity in honor of women.

 

Carolyn Reynolds, Executive Director, WIN-Belize

“Her purpose here is to do her one-woman show, “Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light” and she will be doing it tomorrow at the University of Belize Auditorium to students of the University and the general public. Like I said, we are happy to have her here with us and to talk a little bit about the issues that women face through her show.”

 

Billie Jean Young

Dr. Billie Jean Young, Inspirational Speaker

“It is the story of a Mississippi freedom fighter, an uneducated women, a poor woman; came off of a plantation and she decided that she was going to stand up for herself and her people and become a registered voter and to encourage her people to do the same…thus the title of the show, This Little Light because she believed in that song, this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. And that message resonates throughout the show.  The message from that is that all of us have the capacity to lead—men and women—and certainly women who understand the needs of family; women who protect families and raise children alone, and raise the men who many times persecute other women.  When I first came to Belize, it was four years old. So I came here and I lived for two years in the late eighties. And so many of the things Belizeans were experiencing then, we had experienced in the Deep South in the U.S.  And I have seen that throughout the Caribbean, I have seen it in Africa. It is where a culture finds itself.”

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