Happy Birthday, Zora


In partnership with the ZORA! Festival we celebrate the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston with music, poetry, and a lecture on Zora Neale Hurston and Black Women’s Self-definition.

  • Introduction
  • Don Black Jazz Performance
    • Hear saxophonist Don Black perform. His approach to music, whether it be it blues, jazz or pop is poetic, rhythmic and soulful. Don plays homage to Zora’s involvement in the Harlem Renaissance
    • https://ibamusic.com/artist/don-black/
  • Juaquina She Poetry Reading
    • Experience the poetry of Juaquina She. Through the written word and public speaking Juaquina She creates safe spaces for women. She has two published books “She: A Poetic Memoir” and “Royalty”.
    • https://www.thejuaquinashe.com/
  • Lecture Zora Neale Hurston and Black Women’s Self definition
    • Listen as Dr. Rondrea Mathis discusses Zora Neale Hurston and Black Women’s Self-definition.
    • Writer. Scholar. Thinker. Dr. Mathis is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Bethune Cookman University. Dr. Mathis’ research interests include Black feminism, Womanism, Black women’s theology, Black girlhood studies.
    • www.rondreadanielle.com

Any person requiring special accommodations to participate in any class or event due to a disability may arrange for accommodations by contacting the location at which the event is held at least seven days prior to the event.