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, Lansing
Deidre H. Crumbley, Ph.D.
North Carolina State University
Jose B. Fernandez, Ph.D.
University of Central Florida
Honorable Johnny Ford
Historic Black Towns and
Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA)
Lonnie Graham, MFA
Pennsylvania State University
Maryemma Graham, Ph.D.
University of Kansas, Lawrence
Michelle Bachelor Robinson, Ph.D.
Spelman College, Atlanta
Trent Tomengo, MFA
Seminole State College of Florida
Eleanor Traylor, Ph.D.
Howard University, Washington, D.C.