Enjoy the stories of prolific Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston and her life-changing ties to both Winter Park and Eatonville. Join Hurston scholar and author Rae Chesny as she shares vivid details on the iconic author’s roots on the Rollins College campus and in Eatonville, the nation’s first all-Black incorporated town. Chesny will share how these connections impacted both Hurston’s life and career.
By participating in this session, you can expect to learn:
- how Hurston was connected to Winter Park and Rollins College.
- how both Winter Park and Eatonville played major roles in Hurston’s career and life.
- the significance of Hurston’s ties to Rollins College during the height of Jim Crow and segregation.
This program is presented by Rae Chesny and is hosted by the Winter Park Health Foundation.
A note regarding COVID-19 safety protocols: At this time, all guests at the Center for Health & Wellbeing are required to wear masks in all indoor spaces, including during our education programs. Presenters may remove their masks in order to be better heard by audience members. Attendees, however, must keep their masks fully in place (covering the nose and mouth) during the entire presentation. In accordance with CHWB guidelines, our programs will also be limited in capacity and rooms set to account for social distancing.
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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.
Chesny is also a 2021 Baldwin House Urban Writer in Residence. She served as the keynote speaker for the 2021 YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region Empowerment Symposium. Chesny’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 Chesny, visit raechesny.com.