Annie Bell Howard Lindsay
is an academic and artistic icon to many.
Known as Mrs. Lindsay
more than 6000 students, or "Auntie" to her
30+ adoring nieces and nephews she
has been a staple in the Birmingham
City School System for more than 50 years, with 43 of those years spent at the renowned Erskine Ramsay High School
On April 27, 2013 at 3:00pmMrs.
will take her
final bow as an instructor at Ramsay High School
leaving behind a legacy that's as rich, diverse and impacting as the lives of the students she
A dancer, a teacher, a mentor and a living legend, Annie Lindsay
was reared in Fort Deposit, Alabama and received her
education at Birmingham
's Lincoln Elementary School
, Parker High School, Miles College and the University of Alabama at Birmingham
loving and overwhelmingly supportive husband of 60 years, William Lindsay when she
worked in the Lindsay Tailoring Shop.
Annie Lindsay began her teaching career at Ullman High School after many years as a substitute teacher.
love affair with dance blossomed later in life after taking her
first dance class at the age of 36 years.
Practically teaching herself to dance through classes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
, Montevallo and through workshops at the internationally known Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, from her first dance move to now, Annie Lindsay
has never looked back.
Thought to be the oldest working dance instructor, Annie Lindsay has been spotlighted on local and national television and in print.
was featured internationally on 60 Minutes CBS News Early Show's, "Can't Stop Dancing".
was also highlighted in "Saving the Last Dance" published in National Teacher Magazine
and garnering nationwide press for the City of Birmingham
and Ramsay High School
Most notably in the article was the fact that, at 76 years old at the time, Mrs. Lindsay
was still continuing to drive 60 miles daily roundtrip to ensure that Ramsay's dance program continued.
In response to what drives her
drive to teach, Mrs. Lindsay
said," I promised my student, my children I would work until they graduated."
A strong faith in God and a dedication to spiritual growth, intellectual and cultural development and morals, manners and etiquette, Annie Lindsay is the quintessential leader who has spent more than half of her life expressing her love to others through her love of dance.
With a spirit as beautiful as the poetic dance pieces she
choreographs, Annie Bell Howard Lindsay
has made it her
mission to instill faith, purpose and direction with the many past and present students fortunate enough to have been under her
has gracefully done this one dance move at a time.
The retirement celebration for Annie Bell Howard Lindsay
will be Saturday, April 27th 2013 at 3:00PM in the Erskine Ramsay High School
Auditorium at 1800 13th Ave South, Birmingham