September 17, 2020
A Message from N. Y. Nathiri, Executive Director

"The Primacy of Community as Family: Reaffirmed"
A Message from N. Y. Nathiri, Executive Director

Many of you know Ella Augusta Johnson Dinkins, a founding member of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) and, at 102 years of age, Eatonville's oldest citizen. Over the decades, she has served as one of our organization's staunchest supporters.

Last month, she suffered a fall.  Thankfully, she only sustained two pelvic fractures, which the doctor says will take several weeks to heal.  However, she is no longer able to be at home alone. We have had to establish a schedule for sitters. 

"Mrs. Dinkins," as she is known within Eatonville, has always been a community activist and a woman of strong convictions. Former Mayor Harry Bing once remarked that he knew there would always be at least two people at any meeting he called -- He and Mrs. Dinkins. She, being strong willed, you can appreciate that "Mrs. Dinkins" would be VERY particular about whom she would allow in her home. How fortunate then for her and our family to have "Our Eatonville," a community where relationships span generations.

Indeed, one of Mama's caregivers is a woman she has known for decades since Ms. Latheria, herself now a great grandmother, attended Sunday School at St. Lawrence AME Church as a little girl!

 "Community as extended family" is so important now, particularly  as we are experiencing, nationally, challenges on a variety of fronts. The comfort of stable relationships can help us to maintain good mental  health, with the fortitude to "soldier on, in spite of. . ." 

May you and yours be safe and continue in good health!
Mrs. Ella Augusta Johnson Dinkins

Recommendation: Caring for Family Caregivers: and Caring for Family Caregivers on Facebook

PE.C. Launches Newly Redesigned
Please visit us -- "Get the 'Skinny' " on the organization which seeks to Preserve the  Eatonville Community
P.E.C. Plans ZORA!® Festival 2021 as a Hybrid Event 
P.E.C. Plans ZORA!®
 Festival 2021 as a Hybrid Event 
January's Month-long Celebration set to be Virtual with
Limited In-Person Programming
January 7-31, 2021

Historic Eatonville and Orange County, Florida

Last March, the ZORA!® Festival National Planners, with several invited guests, convened a mostly virtual meeting to discuss ZORA!® Festivals 2021-2024. After considerable discussion, the decision was to recommend to the P.E.C. Board of Directors that ZORA!® Festival 2021 be presented as a hybrid event, mostly virtual with limited in-person programming. In June, the P.E.C. Board embraced that recommendation, along with the determination to schedule programming throughout the entire month. 

  • A Month-long event beginning with a daylong celebration of Zora Neale Hurston's 130th birthday on Thursday, January 7 continuing through to Sunday, January 31
  • ZORA!® Festival 2021 Events will include:
    • "Experiencing Eatonville:"
    • "Community Conversations: Race and Economic Realities in 21st Century America", the inaugural session of a 3-Part series
    • Africa - America Women's Economic Forum
    • The Afrofuturism Conference

To learn more, please visit
A Zora Neale Hurston Book Club
Inaugural Session: Saturday, September 26, 3:00 PM  EST
Featured Book: Dust Tracks on a Road  

For more information, see "Breaking News,"

 Webinar on Afrofuturism: A Guide Amidst Tumultuous Times  
Join the Conversation October 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST

When the Black Mind imagines a “future,” what does that future look like? When the Black Mind speculates on “how things can be,” what is it that the Black Mind sees? If it sees bleakness in that future, what are the implications and what are the “marching orders?”  If it sees hope, what, then, are the alternative implications and “marching orders”? 

In a moderated, scholarly dialogue Dr. Julian Chambliss (Michigan State University) and Dr. Phillip Cunningham (Wake Forest University) will discuss their co-curated exhibition at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (Eatonville) entitled A Past Unremembered:  The Transformative Legacy of the Black Speculative Imagination.  Moderated by Trent Tomengo (Seminole State College), this webinar conversation will address, among other issues, what is Afrofuturism, what is its historical legacy in the black speculative tradition and what are the implications of its usage in a contemporary climate of anti-black sentiment and black social protest and unrest.  

To learn more, please visit

Trent Tomengo, MFA

Julian Chambliss, Ph.D.

Phillip CunninghamPh.D.
“American Cultural Landscapes: Black Roots and Treasures”
Frederick Law Olmsted Lecture: Everett L. Fly, “American Cultural Landscapes: Black Roots and Treasures”
 October 27, 2020 at 7:30 PM

P.E.C. champion Everett L. Fly, FASLA and NCARB Certified will deliver The Frederick Law Olmsed Lecture at Harvard University, Graduate School of Design.  The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) will be highlighted.

For more information go to

(Everett L. Fly pictured below with President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama)
Welcome Maria Ferguson & Full Sail University

Welcome Maria Ferguson & Full Sail University to the P.E.C. Family
With Decades of Marketing Expertise, Maria Ferguson Takes P.E.C. to "The Next Level" 
Maria Ferguson
Maria Ferguson has over 30 years of marketing experience.  She is currently Department Chair for the Digital Marketing Master’s Program and Course Director for Digital Marketing Fundamentals at Full Sail University. Prior to joining Full Sail, she was Director of University Marketing for Old Dominion University, in Norfolk Virginia. Maria earned her MBA, BS in Marketing and minor in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida.
“Maria’s ​leadership as a department chair, mentor, and community activist truly embody Full Sail’s core competencies.”
~Dr. David Franko, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Full Sail University
P.E.C. Announces "The Cushion Campaign (T.C.C.)"

P.E.C. Announces "The Cushion Campaign (T.C.C.)"
A 5-Year [2020 - 2024] Sustainability Fund 

September 2020 - December 2021
1st Goal: $150,000 by December 31, 2020
For more information, please visit either OR
Zora Neale Hurston™ National Museum of Fine Arts
Zora Neale Hurston™ National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston)
Covid- 19 Update:  

Hours of Operation:  11 AM - 2 PM, Monday - Friday
Cynthia Haywood: Museum Docent
The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.) is a historic preservation/cultural arts/community revitalization organization, which was established in 1987 and incorporated by the State of Florida in 1988.  P.E.C. has 501 (c) 3 status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Our FEIN is 59-2952662.
We are governed by a Board of Directors, whose members are:
Winfred Chad McKendrick, President
Tadayuki (Tad) Hara, Ph.D., Vice President
Joshua Smith-Benson, PharmD., Treasurer
Rasheeda Garricks, MBA, Secretary
Marie-José François, MD, Immediate Past President
John W. Beacham
Ava K. Doppelt, Esq.
Harietta Finley White
Thomas S.Kornegay
Reginald Lewis
Reginald B. McGill
Jenneil Ross
Copyright © 2020 Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), All rights reserved.

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