A podcast of Fay Bellamy Powell and her Work for Justice
On Monday, February 11, 2013 Heather Gray of WRFG-Atlanta 89.3FM interviewed friends and colleagues about Fay Bellamy Powell. Interviewed were Atlanta's Imam Nadim Ali, Abdul Mannan - of WRFG Radio, Bomani Bakari - former WRFG radio producer, Wendell Paris - SNCC activist and rural organizer in the South, Leah Wise - SNCC activist and southern organizer.
In January 2013 Fay Bellamy Powell died and has left a sizable and renowned legacy of work for justice since the 1960's. The Memorial Service for Fay will be on February 22 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta from 6:00 to 8:30PM. The address is Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture,101 Auburn Ave, NE, Atlanta, GA 30303, tel: (404)730-4001.
Fay played a central role at WRFG from the very beginning. She served on the WRFG Board of Directors in the 1970's and, in 1977, became the first Black and first woman to serve as board chair. She was also on the station's Program Committee in the 1970's and set the tone for the station's progressive stance on issues of and advocacy for justice overall.
Fay's excellent show on WRFG was "Inside-Out" which focused on prison issues. She appealed to inmates at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary where she had a significant following for years. Her famous mantra was, in her appeal to the inmates, "Get your pencils out. I'm going to give you some information." Jazz was also featured on her show.
Fay came to WRFG after her remarkable activism in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Selma, Alabama where she "worked with Project Directors John Love, and later Silas Norman. She was there during the Selma-Montgomery march. Later, she went to work in Green County, Alabama with Cynthia Washington, and finally worked in communications in the SNCC office in 1966. She was an assistant to James Forman, and to Stokely Carmichael. She founded the SNCC newsletter 'The Africanamerican', and was part of a SNCC delegation that traveled through the USSR in 1966" (SNCC Legacy Project). She was also renowned, in the 1960's, for bringing in Malcolm X to speak to the Selma activists and is referred to by Malcolm X in Alex Haley's "The Autobiography of Malcolm X".
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