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The Justice Sessions: Preserving Zora’s Eatonville: A Conversation with N.Y. Nathiri
N.Y. Nathiri will discuss her extensive work spearheading efforts to preserve the historic town of Eatonville, Florida, including her establishment of the annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities.

About The Justice Sessions: As people everywhere confront injustice, Duval faces its own limiting legacies. James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, and Toni Morrison all noted what Johnson called “the shame of this city.” But Jacksonville remains a place with incredible cross-cultural history and untapped potential. To move past our anxieties and divisiveness, we must look ourselves in the mirror, study what we see across time, and affirm with fresh feeling and knowledge that black lives matter. Thus, “The Justice Sessions,” steps toward respect in Bold City.

Dec 8, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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N.Y. Nathiri
N.Y. Nathiri has worked in the field of historic preservation for more than three decades, all of that time having been spent on behalf of her hometown, Eatonville, Florida, which Zora Neale Hurston popularized as “the oldest incorporated African American community in the United States.” She is a founding member and currently the executive director of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), a historic preservation/cultural arts/community revitalization organization, best known for its sponsorship of the annual Zora Neale Hurston™ Festival of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA!® Festival). Under her leadership, P.E.C. programs have received national recognition, including the ZORA!® Festival’s being named “One of 25 Cultural Tourism Success Stories” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and being the recipient of the “Regional Destination Award in the Humanities” from the Cultural Olympiad (Atlanta, 1996).