A Birthday Celebration for the Incomparable Zora Neale Hurston
Digital Education Programming Presented by the
Center for Health & Wellbeing
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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, Author and Hurston scholar Rae Chesny introduces you to the legacy of Hurston, as well as the ways she revolutionized Black and American culture. She brings Hurston to life in this engaging talk through a blend of storytelling and detailed information.
By watching 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.
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.