June 2014

Black Belt Hall of Fame calls for nominations

The University of West Alabama’s Center for the Study of the Black Belt (CSBB) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Black Belt Hall of Fame induction.

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 Betty Craft Banks, Ruby Pickens Tartt and Dr. Billie Jean Young in 2014,” said Black Belt Archivist Amy Christiansen. The three joined previous inductees, educator Dr. Robert Brown, artist and writer Dorothy Altman “Tut” Riddick, the late paleontologist Josie Winifred “Winnie” McGlamery, the late author Mary Thomas Ward Brown, the late educator and researcher George Washington Carver, the late musician Willie Earl King, the late storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham, educator William James Edwards and 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 Christensen. “We are excited to begin the process of accepting nominations for 2015 in order to recognize more outstanding individuals.”

The Black Belt Hall of Fame nomination form is available online at The deadline for nomination submissions is Friday, August 29, 2014. For more information, please contact Amy Christiansen at 205-652-3655 or Submissions may also be mailed to the Center for the Study of the Black Belt, UWA Station 45, Livingston, AL, 35470.

Nomination Form

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