Carol Zippert

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Carol Zippert


Carol Prejean Zippert was an Alabama activist. She is married to John Zippert.

She has been involved with the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement since its inception in 1986. She has assisted in designing and implementing curricula and training for young people from a community-directed perspective. She serves on the board of directors of 21st Century.

Carol serves as volunteer director of the Society of Folk Arts & Culture, which sponsors the annual Black Belt Folk Roots Festival in Greene County.

Carol is a founder of the newly established Black Belt Community Foundation which serves 11 counties in the Alabama Black Belt region. She currently serves as board chairperson. She also currently serves on the Governor’s Black Belt Action Commission and chairs the Cultural and Youth Committee.

Carol is a trustee of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and was selected to serve as board chairperson beginning 2005.

Carol is a board member with the U.S. Urban/Rural Mission of the World Council of Churches. She served as board chairperson for five years.

Carol was elected to two six year terms on the Greene County School board.[1]

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Frontline June 8 1988

Sunday June 28, 1988, Fran Beal and Carol Zippert addressed the 4th anniversary celebrations of Frontline in Louisville.

Frontline December 1988

Carol Zippert, Treasurer of the Alabama New South Coalition contributed an article to the December 1988 issue of the Line of March paper Frontline.

Common Counsel Foundation

Advisory Board member Common Counsel Foundation, Carol Prejean Zippert, 1992, Society of Folk Arts & Culture, Eutaw, Alabama.

Bingo bust

In 2014, a group called the Greene County Committee for Civil Rights is hoping their voices will be heard over the recent electronic bingo raids in Eutaw and Knoxville.

"We want attention to the crisis that is going on," Carol Zippert, a committee member said.

The group feels the state violated their voting rights by shutting down the bingo halls they voted for and passed in 2003. Attorney General Luther Strange says illegal gaming was taking place.

"That had gone too far. Our voting rights mean too much to us for folks to just say well yeah you voted for it but it doesn't mean a thing," Zippert said.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell's office requested the U.S. Attorney General's office look into possible voting rights violations. We're told over the past few weeks a representative from Attorney General Eric Holder's office spent time investigating in Greene County.

"I think its really important that the voters of Greene County who voted to have electronic bingo have their voices heard," Sewell said. "And this has been very disturbing to me that we've had repeated raids in Greene County."

The civil rights committee is calling on everyone to stand up for whats's right.

"If they have issue with us then let's go to the court of law. That's part of our democracy in this country. That's all we're asking for," Zippert said.[2]

Meeting Doug Jones

Dr. Carol Zippert; John Zippert, ANSC State President; Gus Townes; Senator Doug Jones; Karen Jones; Attorney Everett Wess; Robert Avery; Attorney Faya Rose Toure; Attorney Sharon Wheeler; Senator Hank Sanders

Doug Jones, Alabama’s newly elected Senator, met with a delegation of Alabama New South Coalition members on Saturday, January 6, 2018, in Birmingham. All of ANSC delegation members played an active role in the ‘Vote or Die Campaign’ to register, educate, mobilize and turnout voters in the December 12, 2017 Special Election, in which Jones defeated Judge Roy Moore.

Jones thanked the ANSC and the Vote or Die Campaign for their support and help in winning a closely fought contest with Judge Roy Moore. He said he appreciated “the early and continuing efforts of ANSC, ANSA and Vote or Die from the beginning of the race, starting at the first primary and continuing all the way through.”

Members of the ANSC delegation expressed congratulations and support to Senator Jones and indicated that they realized that “ a movement orientation was needed not just an ordinary political campaign, to create the excitement and interest, to generate the kind of turnout that was required to win this election.”

Senator Jones said that he would continue to communicate on a regular basis with the delegation about the upcoming state elections in 2018 and his own re-election campaign in 2020. Jones said that he would participate in the upcoming Bridge Crossing Jubilee in Selma, the first weekend in March, and other activities related to supporting voting rights.[3]

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