This class will delve into the lives of four prominent Alabamians – Helen Keller, Zelda Fitzgerald, Jesse Owens, and Hank Williams Sr. (NOTE: Class dates are Tuesday, Feb. 19; and three Thursdays, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, and May 16)
Helen Keller: The story of the controversial and turbulent relationship between Helen and her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Hear about her doomed love affair, struggles to earn a living, her triumphs at Radcliffe College, and her work as an advocate for the disabled. Based on the biography by Dorothy Herrmann. Presenter: Mary Pat Riley.
Zelda Fitzgerald: Writer, dancer, first American flapper, a Jazz Age celebrity, 1920’s icon who struggled with mental illness on and off during her life. Presenter: Liz Hall.
Jesse Owens: The first American track and field athlete to win four gold medals in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. During a time of deep-rooted segregation, he not only discredited Hitler’s master race theory, but also affirmed that individual excellence, rather than race or national origin, distinguishes one man from another. Presenter: Wil Elrick.
Hank Williams, Sr.: Country music’s first superstar, Williams began playing guitar at age eight and at age 14 had his own band, Hank Williams and the Drifting Cowboys. He never read music but based his compositions on personal experience and storytelling. Presenter: Searcy Hall.