Marion writer and activist Billie Jean Young has passed away, according to an announcement the staff of Judson College, where Young had served as a professor.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that we have learned of the passing of Dr. Billie Jean Young earlier today at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Dr. Young graduated from Judson in 1974 and had served Judson faithfully since 2006 as artist-in-residence and faculty member in the Fine & Performing Arts Division," said Judson President W. Mark Tew in a message to students.
"Dr. Young achieved a multi-faceted career as an author, poet, playwright, and dramatist. We are in communication with Dr. Young’s family and will provide details regarding arrangements as soon as they are available. Please join me in prayers for her family as we mourn the loss of one of our own.”
Young's work focused largely on the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Belt Region of Alabama and other subjects. She was especially known as a prolific poet and wrote a number of books.
She had been involved in multiple arts-related events, including the Black Belt Arts Symposium in 2020.
A website for Young can be seen at www.billiejeanyoung.com.