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Foster Dickson: Treasuring Alabama's Black Belt

Foster Dickson is a writer, editor and teacher in Montgomery, Alabama. He is the author of three books: Kindling Not Yet Split (Court Street Press, 2002), I Just Make People Up: Ramblings with Clark Walker (NewSouth Books, 2009), and The Life and Poetry of John Beecher (Edwin Mellen Press, 2009), and the general editor of Treasuring Alabama's Black Belt (AUM/AHF, 2009).

Treasuring Alabama's Black Belt: Multidisciplinary Approaches To Teaching Place is a curriculum guide on the cultural heritage of Alabama's central region, often called the Black Belt. The guide is being built out of the Alabama Humanities Foundation "SUPER" institutes called Prisms of Place I and II, conducted at Auburn University at Montgomery and led by Nancy Grisham Anderson.

Foster acted as General Editor for the project, which was released to teachers and the general public in Fall 2009. The official release was held at a private reception at AUM on September 20. It is now available through AUM, AHF,and Auburn University's Outreach department, at Black Belt Treasures in Camden, the Rural Heritage Center in Thomaston; and at the SPLC's Civil Rights Memorial Center, Capitol Book & News, and the NewSouth Bookstore, all in Montgomery. A digital download will also be available at the website of the Alabama Humanities Foundation:

Black Belt Treaures in Camden (in Wilcox County) offered a day-long professional development workshop for educators that centered on Treasuring Alabama's Black Belt on February 20, 2010. For a PDF flyer of the event, click here.