Known affectionately as “The Brain Trust,” the ZORA! Festival National Planners first met in 1991 in preparation for the 5th Annual ZORA! Festival, “An International Celebration,” scheduled to take place in January 1994.
Its members came from the ranks of America’s most distinguished scholars, cultural and civic leaders; and,ultimately, it was they who were responsible for establishing the stature of the ZORA! Festival as an award-winning , internationally recognized event. The current members continue the tradition established by their predecessors.
ZORA!® Festival National Planners
N. Y. Nathiri, MS (Library Science)
Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.)
Julian C. Chambliss, Ph.D.
Michigan State University
José B. Fernández, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
Honorable Johnny Ford
Historic Black Towns and
Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA)
Vivian D. Geary, CMP
Universal Orlando Resort
Lonnie Graham, MFA
Pennsylvania State University
Maryemma Graham, Ph.D.
University of Kansas
Michelle Bachelor Robinson, Ph.D.
Trent Tomengo, MFA
Seminole State College of Florida
Eleanor Traylor, Ph.D.
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