Alabama Humanities Foundation is transforming their annual awards event into the Alabama Colloquium, a groundbreaking new concept for the council where an inaugural class of fellows will be inducted. These fellows include a best-selling author, a financial executive, and historical novelist, host of CNN’s American documentary series, and the second African American to become a federal judge in Alabama. The Alabama Colloquium will take place at Birmingham’s The Club on October 2, and will be moderated by National Public Radio’s Michel Martin of “All Things Considered.”
About the 2017 Alabama Humanities Fellows
Kamau Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award nominated hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America. He is also the host of three podcasts: Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, Politically Re-Active, and Kamau Right Now! Kamau Right Now also airs live on NPR radio station KALW. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”
Nimrod T. Frazer is a former CEO and now Chairman Emeritus of Enstar Group Inc. and author of Send the Alabamians, an historic and personal perspective on Alabamians’ role in World War I. A Wilcox County native, he holds degrees from Harvard Business School, Huntington College, and Columbia University and has held leadership positions in financial companies across the country. Frazer is also a veteran, having served as platoon leader/lieutenant in the Korean Campaign, earning him the Silver Star for Gallantry in Action, US Presidential Unit Citation, ROK Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Campaign Ribbon with three Battle Stars, among others.
Cassandra King is a college instructor and former reporter and best-selling author. King is the author of five novels, two of which were NY Times bestsellers. Both of her bestselling novels, The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls were nominated for SIBA’s Book of the Year award. Her fourth novel, Queen of Broken Hearts, was a Literary Guild and Book of the Month Club selection; and the fifth, Moonrise, an Okra Pick and a Southern Bookseller bestseller. She currently resides in the Low Country of South Carolina.
US District Judge Myron Thompson is the first African American assistant attorney general, first African American bar examiner and second African American to serve as federal judge. A graduate of Yale University and Yale Law School, he was also nominated to a seat on the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama by President Jimmy Carter. Later this year, Judge Thompson will be receiving the Yale Law School Award of Merit for having made substantial contributions to public service and the legal profession.