Established in 1887, the town of Eatonville, Florida, is the oldest incorporated African American municipality in the United States. Writer, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, a central figure of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and ‘30s, claimed Eatonville as her hometown. Since 1990, the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) has presented the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities. This book features selected presentations made at the festival over the past quarter century, and other reflections from this important cultural event.
Contributors Include : Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, N.Y. Nathiri, Winifred Hurston Clark, Evelyn Hester, Ella Dinkins, Babe Brown, Vera King, Frank M. Otey, Eleanor Traynor, Yuji Maekawa, Asha S. Kanwar, Ronald oOreman, Valerie Boyd, John Scott, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Bakara, Johnetta Cole, Brian R. Owens, Ruby Dee, Dorothy Porter Wesley, Oscar Brown, Jr., Elizabeth Van Dyke, George C. Wolfe, Glenda Dickerson, Deloris Purdie, Irina V. Morozova, and Benjamin D. Brotemarkle