Dr. Carol Prejean Zippert describes herself as a community worker. Her broad objective is to continue to apply her years of education, training, experience and growth in various areas of community organizing and development to assist grassroots community groups in their work toward social transformation. Her community work focuses on leadership development, cultural celebration and community economic development, all for justice and peace.
According to Carol, leadership training is a crucial area of her work. 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. She served as chairperson for three years.
Carol and her husband, John, are co-publishers of the Greene County Democrat newspaper, a community based weekly publication and the paper of record for the county.
Carol received her BA degree in English-Journalism from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, (1966). (Currently the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) She received her MA degree in Rural Sociology from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, (1969). In 1985 Carol earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Supervision and Curriculum Development from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Carol is a poet and a presenter of her original writings. She has presented her poetry at various conventions, conferences, workshops, colleges and other gatherings. Carol’s most recent book of poetry entitled: I Don’t Want To Be Rich, Just Able was published in 1997 by the Black Belt Press, Montgomery, AL. Her next book of poetry is pending publication by New South Press, Montgomery.
Carol is member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eutaw, AL.