On January 7, 1891, Zora Neale Hurston was born. During her life, the prolific writer’s works were largely ignored. Though, over the past 50 years, her place in history has been firmly established. In this celebratory discussion, you’ll be introduced to the legacy of Hurston, as well as the ways she revolutionized Black and American culture. Join Author and Hurston scholar Rae Chesny as she brings Hurston to life in this engaging talk through a blend of storytelling and detailed information.
By participating in this session, you can expect to:
- learn about Hurston’s connections to Florida.
- learn about the ways Hurston used storytelling and folklore to change Black and American culture.
- leave the presentation feeling inspired by Hurston’s life and work.
This program is presented by Rae Chesny and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
How to join the Zoom Program:
Upon registration for this program, you will receive two emails:
- One email from Eventbrite: you can either disregard this email or save it for your records. No action is needed with this message.
- One email from the Center for Health & Wellbeing: this email will contain your link to join the Zoom meeting. Simply select the link and the Zoom Meeting will launch. Please allow yourself five – 10 minutes before the program starts to launch Zoom and confirm your technology is working properly.
All CHWB Digital Education Programs are now presented with live captioning service. Please refer to your registration confirmation email for instructions on enabling live captions.
By participating in this program, you agree to CHWB’s Gracious Space policy. Unless otherwise noted, all CHWB Digital Education programs hosted via Zoom are recorded and made available for on-demand viewing on YourHealthandWellbeing.org, the Center for Health & Wellbeing’s website. If you prefer to be left out of the program’s recording, please leave your camera and microphone off for the duration of the program.
About the Program Presenter
Rae Chesny is an award-winning social education expert, author, Johns Hopkins University Literary Consultant, and Zora Neale Hurston Scholar. Each year, she splits her time researching, writing about, and presenting literary great Zora Neale Hurston while writing her own titles of poetry, folklore, fiction, and creative fiction.
Rae is a 2021 Baldwin House Urban Writer in Residence. She also served as the keynote speaker for the 2021 YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region Empowerment Symposium. Rae’s work has been published in Harness Magazine, and she has been featured in Made Magazine, Insider, and in several news stories. Her forthcoming book Dear Zora chronicles her journey into becoming a Zora scholar through research and travels while developing a love for the prolific writer in letter form conversations. The title will be released in January 2022. For more on Rae, visit raechesny.com.
The Center for Health & Wellbeing hosts a full calendar of free events in Winter Park each month. To view our calendar and register for these programs, please visit YourHealthandWellbeing.org/events.