Black Belt Hall of Fame

The Black Belt Hall of Fame seeks to recognize and honor those associated with the Black Belt region 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, and science.

The Black Belt Hall of Fame hosts an annual induction ceremony and luncheon honoring prominent figures in the region’s history in late January at the University of West Alabama’s Bell Conference Center in Livingston.

To nominate an individual to the Black Belt Hall of Fame, please fill out the nomination form and include any additional information. The Black Belt Hall of Fame nomination deadline is August 30, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Amy Christiansen at (205) 652-3655 or


Black Belt Hall of Fame Members

Vera Hall, folksinger


William James Edwards, educator

Kathryn Tucker Windham, storyteller


Mary Thomas Ward Brown, author

George Washington Carver, educator and researcher

Willie Earl King (Abdullah), musician


Dr. Robert Brown, educator

Josie Winifred “Winnie” McGlamery, paleontologist

Dorothy Altman “Tut” Riddick, artist


Betty Craft Banks, anesthetist

Ruby Pickens Tartt, folklorist

Dr. Billie Jean Young, author and educator


Dr. Alston Fitts, III, amateur historian

Judge Rufus C. Huffman, Sr., probate judge

Richard L. Thurn, geology professor


Dr. Wayne Flynt, historian

Nelle Harper Lee, author

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