Humanities Council president says play ‘lifts a new curtain’ on Lillian Smith

February 4, 2014 – 9:26 AM
Jamil Zainaldin, president of the Georgia Humanities Council, writes about author and activist Lillian Smith, an inaugural member of the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame, based at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Smith is the subject of a one-woman play, written and performed by Atlanta actress Brenda Bynum. “Jordan is So Chilly: An Encounter with Lillian Smith” will be performed Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries. A reception will follow. It is open free to the public.
“With the objective of ‘leaving a Lillian Smith footprint’ wherever she can in the state, Bynum’s performances may well initiate a popular rediscovery,” Zainaldin writes. “For Smith endures as an original expression of Georgia’s literary imagination and a prophetic voice in the universal call for human dignity and freedom, as relevant in this new century as in her own time.”
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