On August 19, the Center for Lifelong Learning and the Livingston Concert Lecture Series will host The Seasoned Performers Program production of Alabama’s Audacious Women: Petticoats, Politics, and Prisons. The presentation will be held at the Ballroom of the Sandridge Student Union Hall on the Athens State Campus, from 11:30am to 1:00pm.
Alabama’s Audacious Women production consists of three parts. The first segment – My Name is Julia – is a one-woman show about Julia Tutwiler that was written by Kathryn Tucker Windham. In the second segment, Sunbonnets to Suffrage: The Alabama Woman, Her First 100 Years, The Seasoned Performers will introduce the women who played an important role in the first 100 years of Alabama Statehood. The third segment is a comment, question and answer segment. This project is presented through a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Humanities Foundation.
My Name is Julia.
My Name is Julia is a one-woman show of Julia Tutwiler as she looks back on her life’s work. Ms. Tutwiler is the author of the State song, entitled simply Alabama. In her lifetime, she was an advocate for education and prisons. The play was written by the late Kathryn Tucker Windham and is performed by Birmingham actor, Carole Armistead.
Sunbonnets to Suffrage
Sunbonnets to Suffrage: The Alabama Woman, Her First 100 Years, was written by Betty Pewitt and Jean Pierce in 1991. It features a reading that brings to life some of the audacious Alabama women. Maria Fearing, Carrie Tuggle, and Pattie Ruffner Jacobs are featured in this segment.
Maria Fearing was a very successful teacher in Anniston and Selma. She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 2000. Carrie Tuggle was an educator and social worker, and very influential in the development of the Jefferson County Juvenile and Domestic Court. She was inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame in 1979. Pattie Ruffner Jacobs was very involved in politics and the women’s suffrage movement. She made significant contributions to the political process in the state. She was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame in 1978.
Dr. Tina Naremore Jones, Dean of Educational Outreach at the University of West Alabama will lead a discussion after the program. Cost to attend the event is free. To attend with lunch will be $15. Space is limited so reservations are required. If you plan to have lunch, please make a reservation by noon on Friday, August 15. Call the Center for Lifelong Learning at 256-233-8260 to reserve space.
Another great program you don’t want to miss is a presentation by Lemzel Johnson. Mr. Johnson will be at the Center for Lifelong Learning on Tuesday, August 26, from 8:30am to 9:30am with a short presentation on “What’s in Your Tool Box?” This presentation is aimed at community leaders who are interested in developing their leadership skills. Mr. Johnson has been a teacher, speaker, and life coach for the past 20 years.
For more information about what is happening at the Center for Lifelong Learning, you can go to our website, www.athens.edu, or call us at 256-233-8260.
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262
By: Wanda Campbell