“Jordan Is So Chilly”: An Encounter With Lillian Smith

Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:00 pm
Lumpkin County High School Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public*

“Jordan Is So Chilly”: An Encounter With Lillian Smith is a performance by Brenda Bynum based on the writings of Lillian E. Smith, acclaimed Georgia author and human rights activist. This performance and presentation of Lillian Smith celebrates the interdisciplinary themes that she explored within her own life and in the world around her:

  • Interdisciplinary: racism, feminism, maternalism, and gender relations
  • Psychology and Sociology: existentialism, sexual orientation, prejudice, oppression, creativity, and individualism
  • Literature and Journalism
  • History: Georgia, Appalachia, Southern, civil rights movement, Black diaspora, women’s movement

About Lillian E. Smith

Author, activist, leader and role model, civil and human rights advocate, and supporter of education and social justice, Lillian Eugenia Smith not only embraced the need for desegregation and opposition to Jim Crow, but also emphasized the restructuring of racist thought and consideration within the early stages of the civil rights movement, along with cultivating the discussion of quiet and deeply rooted prejudices.

As author of Strange Fruit (1944) and Killers of the Dream (1949), Smith argued for revisioning the psychological and sociological complexities of racism in the South, beginning with childhood. She advocated for equality across race and gender lines, focusing on social activism and humanism.

Smith taught music at a missionary school in China and led the Laurel Falls Girls Camp in Clayton, Georgia for more than 25 years. Her circle of friends included progressive innovators such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her legacy continues through the Lillian E. Smith Foundation and Center.

About Brenda Bynum

Both an actress and an academic, Brenda Bynum has worked with almost every theater in Atlanta and was a resident artist at Theater Emory and member of the Emory faculty from 1983 to 2000, where she was honored by her colleagues with the establishment of the Brenda Bynum Award.

For more information on Lillian E. Smith, Laurel Falls Camp, and the work of the Lillian E. Smith Foundation and Center, please visit:

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*Donations will be accepted and will jointly benefit the Dahlonega Literary Festival and the Lillian E. Smith Center, both non-profit organizations.


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