The honorees: Dr. Carol Zippert, educator, philanthropist, poet and founder of the Greene County Democrat newspaper; Justice John England Jr., former Alabama Supreme Court justice and current presiding 6th Circuit Judge; and former Alabama Lieutenant Governor George McMillan.
Zippert and McMillan are retired members of the BBCF board and helped start the foundation 10 years ago in an “effort to uplift the large, multi-county area of the state known as the Alabama Black Belt, a region historically challenged across a wide variety of issues including poverty, high unemployment, educational setback and economic development, to name but a few,” the foundation website says.
England is a current board member.
On display at the Harbert Center for the event were several Gee’s Bend quilts, made by the women of the tiny Wilcox County community and renown in the art world following exhibitions in museums ranging from the Whitney Museum of American Art to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
About the Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association:
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is committed to promoting and enhancing outdoor recreation and tourism opportunities in the Black Belt in a manner that provides economic and ecological benefits to the region and its citizens.
For information, go to www.AlabamaBlackBeltAdventures.org.